News release

Preparing for Tropical Storm Kyle

The provincial Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising the public to take the necessary precautions as tropical-storm Kyle approaches the Maritimes.

"Although Environment Canada expects this storm to track towards New Brunswick, these storms are unpredictable," Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Emergency Management Minister, said today, Sept. 26.

"The best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared for any potential impacts from storms like Kyle."

EMO is monitoring the storm closely. Kyle is expected to make landfall near Saint John, N.B., Sunday night or early Monday.

"One of the most important things individuals can do is listen for updated weather information or public safety bulletins and act accordingly," said Craig MacLaughlan, deputy head and CEO of the Emergency Management Office.

Other ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency:

  • Maintain an emergency kit, including food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets medication, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit.
  • Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage.
  • Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in your deep freezer. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage.
  • Choose a shelter area away from windows for you and your family. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm.
  • Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety.
  • Make arrangements to help a senior or other person in the neighbourhood who may need added assistance.
  • Secure objects on your property that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect your home as much as possible from heavy rains and floods.
  • Refrain from going to coastal areas to watch a severe storm. This can be very dangerous.

Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness.

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The provincial Emergency Management Office is advising the public to secure their properties and take other necessary precautions as tropical-storm Kyle approaches the Maritimes.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says these storms are unpredictable and Nova Scotians can best protect their families by being prepared.

Emergency Management Office officials are tracking the storm and say people should stay tuned for updated weather information or public safety bulletins.

To be best prepared Nova Scotians are also being encouraged to have a household emergency kit that includes: food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets, needed medication, a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit.

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Media Contact:

David Rodenhiser
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