Emergency Measures Organization

Emergency Measures Organization statement: Be prepared for winter weather (09/12/09)

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Dec. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) issued the following statement today.

New Brunswickers are being reminded to prepare for the approaching winter storm as part of their overall plans to be ready for winter. EMO is monitoring the situation and is working closely with NB Power.

Families should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a storm. The EMO website contains important information on how to prepare an emergency kit for home and car, what to do during power outages, and how to keep safe during outages.

A basic emergency kit should include food, water, batteries and radio, first aid supplies, and any special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.

The following are tips for preparing for an outage:

Travel should be restricted during and after a winter storm. Residents should refrain from driving until roads are plowed.

For more advice, and to download an emergency preparedness guide, visit the Public Alerts website, or the Government of Canada's Get Prepared website.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Emergency Measures Organization, 1-800-561-4034 or 506-453-2133.

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