EMO wants NBers to stay prepared for winter emergencies

As winter approaches, government officials are reminding New Brunswickers to be ready in the event of severe weather.

The provincial government, along with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, have designated Nov. 6 to 12 as Storm Preparedness Week, also recognized by NB Power, Saint John Energy, Edmundston Energy and the Canadian Red Cross.

“Be sure your family is prepared to handle major storms this winter season,” said New Brunswick Minister of Public Safety Kris Austin in a news release.

“Also, do not forget the importance of checking on your neighbours and friends during inclement weather.”

Kyle Leavitt, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said some residents may end up isolated or have their access to vital services interrupted in cases of extreme weather.

“But those who prepare for the unexpected will be ready to get through those times,” he said.

Emergency officials suggest knowing the risks to stay prepared for any type of disaster, as well as making a plan that includes where the family would meet, how to contact each other and what to do in different situations.

The plan should be written down and kept in a safe place.

The EMO also said New Brunswickers should have an emergency kit that has all the necessities, like water, food, flashlights, radio, batteries, first aid kit, prescription medications, infant formula and cash.

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