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Hurricane Season Preparation
The province asks Nova Scotians to help minimize the risk of property damage and personal injury by being prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November with this time of year the peak time in our region. Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (NSEMO) is working with Environment Canada to monitor Tropical Storm Henri, which is expected to reach Nova Scotia early next week.
Nova Scotians should prepare in advance and monitor local weather forecasts. The basic checklist includes:
— having enough food and water for 72 hours
— monitoring local media outlets for updates
— securing gates, doors and windows
— moving yard furniture and securing trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by wind
— checking radio batteries
— filling vehicles with gas and parking them away from trees
— keeping pets inside
— moving any type of watercraft to high ground
— ensuring the safety of you and your family
— checking on neighbours
— if the power goes out, not leaving candles unattended
Nova Scotians should continue to follow COVID-19 public health directives. Stores often have longer lineups before a storm, and physical distancing of two metres (six feet) and masks are still required.
For information on how to prepare for a hurricane and regular updates visit http://novascotia.ca/alerts
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