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article imageNova Scotia urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Earl Special

By Kevin Jess     Sep 1, 2010 in Environment
Halifax - As officials continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Earl the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office is advising the public to take necessary steps to protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.
Michelle Perry, spokesperson for the Emergency Management Office (EMO) said today, "The Nova Scotia government is working very closely with all departments monitoring the progression of Hurricane Earl. The storm is presently on a path toward the province but due to the unpredictability of hurricanes no warnings or watches have been issued for Nova Scotia." She added, "no decision has been made concerning the closing of provincial parks."
Last year in wake of Hurricane Bill, Nova Scotia closed provincial parks on Labor Day weekend.
Nova Scotia beaches are beginning to show signs of an approaching storm with increased surf. Ms. Perry said, "People should use caution when near the shore, and should stay away from the shore in the event the hurricane passes through the region."
Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management said in a press release, "While we continue to monitor Hurricane Earl, Nova Scotians are reminded that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared. I encourage everyone to continue to listen for updated weather information as this storm moves closer to our province."
Ms. Jennex said, "We are now in the midst of hurricane season, which will last until the end of November. Now is the time for Nova Scotians to be preparing for an emergency."
Nova Scotians are encouraged to have some basic supplies prepared in the event of an emergency, which may include being without power or running water. People should be prepared for a 72 hour period.
Some ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency include:
-- Maintain an emergency kit, including food, water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers. People should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
-- Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage.
-- Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in a power outage.
-- Choose a family shelter area away from windows. 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 people in the neighbourhood that may need help.
-- Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods.
People can also visit the EMO website for more information on hurricane preparedness.
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