Precautions for Ice Storm

Emergency Management Office

March 1, 2009 2:25 PM

The Emergency Management Office advises Nova Scotians to take appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada's forecast of freezing rain and ice pellets beginning later today, March 1, and continuing through Monday.

Such weather conditions can make driving treacherous and cause power outages. The Emergency Management Office recommends Nova Scotians monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if possible and make sure they have emergency supplies in their homes, or in their vehicles if driving.

A home emergency kit should include: a battery operated or crank radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food, a 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, a shovel, traction sand or road salt, and a tow rope.

For more information on preparing an emergency kit for your home or vehicle, go to the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo

More information on road conditions is available by dialling 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information.

In the event of power outage, phone Nova Scotia Power's outage information line 1(877) 428-6004.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Emergency Management Office advises Nova Scotians to take

appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada's forecast

of freezing rain and ice pellets for today (March 1st) and

continuing through Monday.

     Such weather conditions can make driving treacherous and

cause power outages. The Emergency Management Office recommends

Nova Scotians monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if

possible and make sure they have emergency supplies in their

homes, or in their vehicles if driving.

     A home emergency kit should include: a battery operated or

crank radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food,

a 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, a shovel,

traction sand or road salt, and a tow rope.

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Media Contact: David Rodenhiser
              Emergency Management Office
              902-424-0284
              Cell: 902-220-7956
              E-mail: rodenhde@gov.ns.ca