News release

Be Ready for Dangerous Storm

As Hurricane Noel approaches Nova Scotia, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) reminds people of the importance of being prepared for weather-related emergencies.

It is also important to realize that tropical storms or hurricanes can be very unpredictable, especially when it comes to coastal surges.

EMO is closely monitoring the storm and Environment Canada forecasts and is in close contact with municipal emergency measures co-ordinators, departmental emergency staff, Public Safety Canada, Nova Scotia Power, RCMP, the military and other partner agencies.

Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management, said, "people can prepare for emergencies by having a kit with items such as a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, a flashlight, canned food and a supply of water."

Nova Scotians should be prepared to cope with the impacts of a weather-related emergency for at least 72 hours after the event.

Craig MacLaughlan, chief executive officer of EMO, encourages people to listen for weather updates.

"One of the most important things individuals can do is listen for updated weather information from Environment Canada or public-safety bulletins, and then take any necessary precautions," he said.

Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .

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As Hurricane Noel approaches Nova Scotia, the Emergency Management Office is reminding people of the importance of being prepared for weather-related emergencies.

We should have enough supplies and food for at least the first 72 hours after an emergency.

Minister of Emergency Management Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says people can prepare for an emergency by having a kit with items such as a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, a flashlight, canned foods and bottled water.

Tropical storms or hurricanes can be unpredictable and EMO is encouraging people to listen for updated weather information from Environment Canada and to take necessary precautions.

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