News release

Precautions Advised for Snow Storm

A blizzard warning has been issued for Wednesday, March 26, and the Emergency Management Office and RCMP are advising Nova Scotians to take precautions.

"We are monitoring the storm closely to ensure we have the most up-to-date information," said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. "With heavy snowfall and very high winds a possibility, it's important to prepare emergency kits that include enough supplies for 72 hours."

An emergency kit should include a flashlight, crank radio, water, a first-aid kit and food that will not spoil.

"We ask people to use good judgment before they consider venturing out tomorrow, and to pay attention to the watches and warnings," said Supt. Darrell Beaton, acting officer-in-charge of criminal operations for the RCMP in Nova Scotia. "If you travel, there is potential to get stranded and place yourself in harm's way."

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan said expected strong winds could make driving hazardous.

"Stay off the roads if possible but, if you must travel, check the 511 road information line for updates," said Mr. MacLellan. "Be especially aware for possible closures in windy areas such as the Canso Causeway, the Cobequid Pass, and the Tantramar Marshes."

The public should take precautions for potential storm surges, particularly in flood-prone areas.

Nova Scotians are also urged to stay away from beaches and the water's edge.

People are encouraged to check on those who may be vulnerable or living alone, to see if they need assistance. Pets should also be brought indoors.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/ .

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A blizzard warning has been issued for Wednesday (March 26th), and the Emergency Management Office and RCMP are advising Nova Scotians to take precautions.

With heavy snowfall and very high winds a possibility, people are urged to prepare emergency kits that include enough supplies for 72 hours. It should include a flashlight, crank radio, water, a first-aid kit and food that won't spoil.

People are urged to use good judgment before consider going out tomorrow, to monitor weather watches and warnings and stay off the roads if possible. If people must travel, they should check the 511 road information line for updates.

People should prepare for potential storm surges, stay away from beaches and the water's edge, and check on people who are vulnerable or living alone. Pets should also be brought indoors.

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Media Contacts:

Chad Lucas
Emergency Management Office 902-424-3313 Cell: 902-478-7302 E-mail:
Pam Menchenton
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal 902-424-1750 E-mail:
Cpl. Scott MacRae
Nova Scotia RCMP Cell: 902-488-2830 E-mail: