Officials urge Nova Scotians to take precautions

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HALIFAX - A blizzard warning has been issued for Wednesday and the Emergency Management Office and RCMP are advising Nova Scotians to take precautions.

"We are monitoring the storm closely to ensure we have the most up-to-date information," said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office, in a news release. "With heavy snowfall and very high winds a possibility, it's important to prepare emergency kits that include enough supplies for 72 hours."

An emergency kit should include a flashlight, crank radio, water, a first-aid kit and food that will not spoil.

"We ask people to use good judgment before they consider venturing out tomorrow, and to pay attention to the watches and warnings," said Supt. Darrell Beaton, acting officer-in-charge of criminal operations for the RCMP in Nova Scotia, also in a release. "If you travel, there is potential to get stranded and place yourself in harm's way."

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan said expected strong winds could make driving hazardous.

"Stay off the roads if possible but, if you must travel, check the 511 road information line for updates," said MacLellan. "Be especially aware for possible closures in windy areas such as the Canso Causeway, the Cobequid Pass, and the Tantramar Marshes."

The public should take precautions for potential storm surges, particularly in flood-prone areas.

Nova Scotians are also urged to stay away from beaches and the water's edge.

People are encouraged to check on those who may be vulnerable or living alone, to see if they need assistance. Pets should also be brought indoors.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/ .

Organizations: Emergency Management Office, RCMP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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