Ice storm update / extreme cold weather advisory

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FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) today issued the following extreme cold weather advisory.

Starting overnight Monday, Dec. 30, Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures to fall into a deep freeze for a number of days. Temperatures could reach lows of minus 31 at night and could stay as low as minus 25 during the day. Extreme wind chills are expected in parts of the province.

“We are advising New Brunswickers to be mindful of fire safety and the use of portable heaters which may pose a carbon monoxide danger,” said Greg MacCallum, director of the EMO. “The use of torches to warm frozen pipes is strongly discouraged. Residents are advised to go to warming centres if cold conditions make remaining at home untenable. When power is restored, residents should use electricity sparingly, gradually heating the house and turning on only essential lighting and appliances.”

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings. A list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada online.

Ice storm recovery

The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre remains activated and continues to co-ordinate emergency response to the recent ice storm. EMO, through their regional co-ordinators, continues to co-ordinate the distribution of supplies such as water, fire wood, kerosene and other necessities for delivery to Red Cross and community-run shelters/warming centres.

Warming centres/shelters remain open in areas affected by power outages. These centres offer people a place to warm-up, some centres offer a meal, and some even offer a place to sleep.

The following list includes warming centres and shelters that are now open to the public. The list is subject to change and each site could serve different needs so interested individuals should always contact the Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597 to be directed to the appropriate site.

Shelters and warming centres:

● Quispamsis: Quispamsis Civic Centre, 12 Civic Dr.;

● Oak Bay: Oak Bay Fire Department, Hwy 170 (warming centre and Command and Co-ordination centre);

● Harvey Station: Harvey Fire Dept, Route 3;

● St. George: Magaguadavic Place, 11 J.O. Spinney Dr.; and

● Grand Bay-Westfield: St. Matthew's Church, 45 Dollard Dr.

Additional centres are on standby if needed.

Help is also available for individuals running low on supplies such as fire wood or kerosene. Contact EMO at 1-800-561-4034.

EMO is co-ordinating with NB Power to identify priority areas and to arrange for equipment to help NB Power crews to reach difficult areas. Crews continue to work to restore power as soon as possible to people affected by outages. For updates on power outages, visit the NB Power website.

The Public Health Branch of the Department of Health reminds the public that all perishable food left in a refrigerator more than 24 hours without electricity should be discarded. Frozen foods left in a freezer will stay frozen for a few days without electricity if the door is kept shut. These products can be re-frozen if ice crystals are still present.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to clear roads but New Brunswickers are encouraged to check road conditions before travelling anywhere.

New Brunswickers are reminded to have everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car; knowing what to do during power outages; and knowing how to stay safe during an emergency.  

An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities.

For information on what to do during and immediately after a power outage visit the Get Prepared website.

LINKS:

Get Prepared

NB Power

Environment Canada (public alerts)

Driving Conditions

Organizations: Emergency Measures Organization, Environment Canada, Department of Public Safety NB Power Red Cross Harvey Station Harvey Fire Dept Public Health Branch Department of Health Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, Oak Bay, Magaguadavic Place Grand Bay Matthew

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