Preparing for a blizzard

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A blizzard and storm surge warning is in affect for tomorrow, March 26 and the Emergency Management Office (EMO) has some advice on how to stay safe during the storm.

Source: Environment Canada: A blizzard warning is in affect across Nova Scotia.

“This is a storm where we are anticipating quite a bit of snow fall and some heavy winds so of course that can tend to make it more likely for power outages,” says Chad Lucas, Media Relations Advisor for EMO.

EMO says the public should be prepared for at least 72 hours and to have some basic emergency supplies on hand.

EMO recommends two litres of water per person, canned goods, a battery powered or wind up radio, a battery powered or wind up flashlight, a first aid kit, and emergency contact information.

Pets and young children also tend to need specific food and products (diapers, formula, etc.) so people should have that stocked as well.  Also if anyone is on specific medication they should also have enough medication for 72 hours.

If there is a loss of power during the storm, the public will have to contend with the cold. Blankets will help but those who rely on electricity for heat may turn to other sources of heat. Lucas says everyone should be cautious when using different heating sources.

“We always urge people to be careful if they’re using any indoor heating supplies, be careful to follow directions, store those things properly, fire or carbon monoxide can always be a hazard if people aren’t using fuel sources properly, so certainly be careful” says Lucas.

Lucas adds to be careful even with using candles as lighting.

According to Environment Canada, snow is forecast to begin overnight in Southwestern Nova Scotia and spread to the remainder of the province Wednesday morning.  Gusts up to 100 km/hour are being forecast in Queens County along with storm surges.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southwestern Nova Scotia, Queens

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