Prepare for Pending Storm

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal advise Nova Scotians to take appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada’s warning that a storm will bring heavy snow to much of the province Tuesday, Feb. 3. Such weather conditions can make driving difficult and cause power outages. The departments advise Nova Scotians to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if possible, and make sure they have emergency supplies in their homes, and in their vehicles if driving. “Nova Scotians are familiar with winter storms,” said Emergency Management Minister David Morse. “We just want to remind them to do the right things to keep themselves and their families safe.” “Our road clearing crews will be out in full force during the storm, clearing roads and keeping them safe for drivers,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We ask that drivers proceed with extreme caution during storms and storm clean-up, to protect everyone’s safety.” Nova Scotians should have a home emergency kit prepared. It should include: a battery operated or crank radio, flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener, drinking water, adequate supply of medication, first-aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and footwear. Similar items are recommended for vehicle kits, along with jumper cables, warning flares, shovel, traction sand or road salt, and tow rope. More information on preparing an emergency kit for your home or vehicle is available on the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. In the event of power outage, people can call Nova Scotia Power’s outage information line at 1-877-428-6004.last_img