Emergency Preparedness

Topics  include:

1. Power Failures
2. Storm Surges and Floods
3. Wind and Snow Storms
4. Forest Fires
5. other helpful hints

 

Power Failures

We all know about power failures in the winter but they can happen in wind storms or during forest fires, here are some hints on how to pre-prepare for such an event that is prolonged.

1. Keep your emergency preparedness kit handy.
2. Make prior arrangements with a friend or relative for emergency housing if you have no alternate heat source.
3. If you are on any life support equipment that requires electricity contact your local fire department and let them know your situation, do it now don’t wait for an emergency.
4. Listen to the radio for instructions.
5. Call Nova Scotia Power for up-dates- 1-800-428-6230.
6. Copy these pages, if the power is out so is your computer.
7. If you leave your home leave a note in your mail box with information on where you are and a contact number.
8. Never use unsafe heating devices such as barbeques for heat.
9. Check NS EMO web page for more info.

Storm Surges and Floods

Here are some hints for dealing with storm surges and floods.

1. Move all non permanent items from your yard into a secure shelter.
2. Build shelves in your basement that are at least a half a meter from the floor for all of your valuables.
3. Remove your boat from the water if possible.
4. If you leave your home leave a note in your mailbox with information on where you are and a contact number.
5. If you leave your home, turn off the main power breaker.
6. Check NS EMO web page for more info.

Wind and Snow Storms

In Inverness County we deal with heavy winds all the time, here are some ideas to protect your home and belongings.

1. Remove any tree that can fall on your house or car.
2. Secure all outdoor items.
3. Never park your Car under a tree or power line.
4. Trim the branches from trees that interfere with your power line.
5. Call Nova Scotia Power to remove branches or dead trees that have fallen on main power lines.
6. Close all shutters if you have them.
7. Sleep in a secure room in your house (basement).
8. Keep your emergency kit at the ready.
9. Listen to the radio for up-dates.
10. If you leave your home leave a note in your mailbox with information on where you are and a contact number.
11. Turn off the main power source.
12. Check NS EMO web page for more info.
Note: Hire professionals to remove branches from near power lines.

Forest Fires

Living in rural areas we must all deal with the threat of forest fires. Here are some helpful hints to protect your home and belongings.

1. Remove any trees that are within two tree heights of your home or 30 meters, especially those trees that live on the sides of the prevailing winds.
2. Keep a long garden hose hooked up at all times, even if your not home your neighbors will have access.
3. If an evacuation is called leave a note in your mail box telling the emergency crews where you have gone and a contact number.
4. Turn off all the power in your home before evacuating.
5. Take your emergency preparedness kit with you and follow the evacuation directions flawlessly.
6. Keep your radio on for up-dates on the situation.
7. Check NS EMO web page for more info.


Other helpful hints:

1. Keep a good supply of medications on hand in the winter and don’t forget them if you ever evacuate at any time.
2. Keep an emergency kit in your car.
3. Roofing shingles or ashes are good if you are stuck in the snow.
4. Make sure your kids know where to meet in an emergency and practice it. Make sure your small children know how to dial 911.
5. Make arrangements with a neighbor to check on you and vice versa when it is safe to do so.
6. Make prior arrangements for your pets.
7. A 5000 watt generator with the proper hookup can give you a good piece of mind in the event of long power outage. They have many other uses so be sure to keep emergency fuel on hand and check your oil often.
8. Never leave your home without some emergency non perishable food.
9. Report any obstructions to power lines near your home to the Power Company and follow up until it is corrected.
10. Make sure you change the batteries for your emergency radio, fire alarms and flashlights regularly.
11. Check NS EMO web page for more info.
These lists are far from complete for more info contact the Inverness County's Emergency Measures Co-ordinator at 787 3500 and NS EMO  1-866-424-5620


http://emo.gov.ns.ca/content/contact-us