Storm Preparedness Week October 31 – November 7, 2021

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Storm Preparedness Week 2021, Oct. 31-Nov. 7, is being recognized by the provincial government and its New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization along with partners NB Power, Saint John Energy, Edmundston Energy and the Canadian Red Cross.

As winter approaches, New Brunswickers are reminded of the need to be ready in case of an emergency.  Please take a couple of minutes, both at home and at work, to check your plans and emergency kits, first aid kits, and pantries for the things you require for a 72 hour period.

Every year severe weather results in some residents being isolated and having their access to vital services interrupted for hours, or in extreme cases, for days. Being prepared means people will be able to carry on if and when these circumstances arise.

There are three important components to being prepared for an emergency:

  • Know the risks: Evaluate the kind of emergency that can affect your family and community. Knowing the risks can help you prepare for any disaster.
  • Make a plan: Every household needs an emergency plan. It takes less than 30 minutes to organize. Talk to your family about where you would meet, how you would contact each other and what you would do in different situations. Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
  • Create an emergency kit: Have all the necessities for you and your family: water, food, flashlights, radio, batteries, first aid kit, prescription medications, infant formula, cash (ATM machines might not be operational in times of crisis).

To read the Emergency Measures Organization’s ’72 Hour Guide to Emergency Preparedness’ click here.

To read the  Government of Canada ‘Get Prepared’ Guide, click here.