News release

Public Safety Advisory Issued for Cumberland County

Local officials and the Emergency Management Office are advising residents of Cumberland County to take precautions for possible power outages. Strong winds forecast by Environment Canada, coupled with the ice build-up on trees and power lines from Tuesday's storm, could result in loss of electricity.

The Cumberland County Emergency Management Office, in conjunction with the Town of Amherst Emergency Office, has taken steps to ensure public safety. Residents are reminded to prepare their homes in the event that power outages occur.

Residents needing assistance in the Town of Amherst should call 902-667-2518. Residents in the remainder of the Cumberland County should call 902-667-2198. Over the next few days, updates will be provided through radio stations in the Cumberland County broadcast area.

The Emergency Management Office recommends Nova Scotians monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving during winter storms, and make sure they have emergency supplies in homes, or 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

Local officials and the Emergency Management Office are

advising residents of Cumberland County to take precautions for

possible power outages. Strong winds forecast by Environment

Canada, coupled with the ice build-up on trees and power lines

from Tuesday's storm, could result in loss of electricity.

Residents needing assistance in the Town of Amherst should

call 9-0-2 6-6-7 2-5-1-8. Residents in the remainder of

Cumberland County should call 9-0-2 6-6-7 2-1-9-8. Over the next

few days, updates will be provided through radio stations in the

Cumberland County broadcast area.

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Media Contacts:

Cumberland County Emergency Management Office
902-667-2198
David Rodenhiser
Emergency Management Office 902-424-0284 Cell: 902-220-7956 E-mail: