News release

Reminder to Stock Emergency Supplies

Serious weather forecast for Friday, Jan. 26, in Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough counties is a reminder to have emergency supplies in homes and vehicles.

"I'm encouraging Nova Scotians to pay close attention to weather forecasts and news bulletins today and tomorrow," said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management.

"We're often reminded to have enough food, water and supplies on hand to take care of ourselves for up to 72 hours in an emergency. And if the weather forecasts for tomorrow hold true, travel in some areas may be very limited and ice buildups could lead to power outages. Some coastal areas along the north shore are also subject to storm surges in high winds."

The Office of Emergency Management website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo, has a thorough checklist for emergency supplies. Residents should have battery-powered radios, flashlights, candles, medication, food and water, and extra clothing and blankets along with the other items in the checklists.

Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel and listen for travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, they should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas.

For information on power outages, visit Nova Scotia Power's website at www.nspower.ca. or call 1-877-428-6004, or 428-6004 in Halifax.

The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.

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Serious weather forecast for Friday (January 26th) in Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough counties is a reminder to have emergency supplies in homes and vehicles.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says strong winds and snow forecast could lead to power outages and hazardous driving conditions.

She says residents and motorists should make sure they have supplies on hand to protect themselves and their families.

EMO has a checklist for emergency supplies on the province's website at w-w-w gov dot N-S dot C-A slash E-M-O.

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