Emergency Measures Organization
Prepare for severe weather (08/09/28)
Sept. 28, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) is continuing its severe weather warning for all of New Brunswick.
Hurricane Kyle will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Atlantic Canada tonight and tomorrow. Significant rainfall, hurricane-force wind gusts and widespread power outages are likely with this storm. Heavy rainfall in these amounts can result in rapid increases in water levels in streams and rivers, and in localized flash flooding.
- As the storm approaches, NB-EMO advises residents to prepare to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.
Residents should stock up on food, water, medications, batteries and other necessities. For information on how to self-prepare, visit the Public Safety Canada Get Prepared web site at: http://www.getprepared.ca/index_e.asp.
Because the storm has the potential to damage trees and overhead power lines, resulting in power outages, NB Power has crews on standby. In addition, NB Power reminds those on a well system to draw off water before the storm.
Exercise extreme caution, and never touch any downed power lines or associated debris.
People should also check in on neighbours, elderly relatives, and anyone with special medical needs, to ensure they have everything they need in the event of a power outage.
The Department of Transportation offers the following reminders to motorists:
In severe weather, stay off the roads if possible.
If you do have to drive in high winds, be cautious and watch for debris on the roads such as branches and trees.
Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.
Watch for standing water on the roads, which could cause hydroplaning.
Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts. If you see any debris on the roads, or damaged culverts, report it to your local RCMP detachment
Be very careful in construction zones, as high winds may damage or move safety signage
The Department of Transportation has crews on standby and are prepared to clean up debris as needed.
For urgent situations, the public is reminded that the best way to access emergency services is to call 9-1-1.
Environment Canada has issued local wind and rainfall warnings for most areas of New Brunswick. The public is advised to monitor conditions and local forecasts. Environment Canada forecasts and warnings are available at: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/.
A complete list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada at: http://meteo.gc.ca/warnings/nb_e.html.
Canadian Hurricane Centre bulletins are available at: http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/weather/hurricane/index_e.html
MEDIA CONTACT: New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 506-453-2133.