News release

Is Your Go Kit Ready?

Nova Scotians should have home and vehicle emergency kits at the ready, in light of weather forecasts today, Dec. 3, calling for significant snowfall.

"I'm encouraging Nova Scotians to pay close attention to weather broadcasts," said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. "The first major storm always seems to catch people unprepared. A vehicle, properly equipped for winter, is a must this time of year. And we need to have enough food, water and supplies on hand to take care of ourselves for up to 72 hours in an emergency. Any major storm can cause power outages."

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, medication, food and water, extra clothing, blankets and cash 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, motorists 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.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

A reminder today (December 3rd) to have emergency kits in our homes and cars whenever a winter storm is forecast.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says the winter storm 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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