TRURO – The Emergency Management Office is urging Nova Scotians to prepare for the peak of hurricane season.
The season runs from June to November, but usually has the most activity in September, which can bring rain, high winds, storm surge, localized flooding and power outages.
Emergency Management Office recommends that Nova Scotians plan for their own circumstances, including preparations for pets.
Planning to be without power or water for 72 hours will cover most emergencies. Guides on how to prepare for emergencies are available at www.gov.ns.ca/emo.
To prepare for a weather-related emergency:
• Maintain an emergency kit, including food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets, medication, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a first-aid kit.
• Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage.
• Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage.
• Choose a shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm.
• Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety.
• Make arrangements to help a senior or other person in the neighbourhood who may need added assistance.
• People should secure objects on their property that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods.
Nova Scotians and visitors are also urged to avoid going to coastal areas to watch a storm.
Visit http://emo.gov.ns.ca/emo or on Facebook at Emergency Management Office Nova Scotia, or follow @nsemo on Twitter for more information on emergency preparedness.