FREDERICTON, N.B. – Residents of New Brunswick are advised by the Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization to prepare for a significant winter storm.
A storm which began overnight and is expected to continue throughout the day today, Jan. 6, has the potential to deliver an extended period of freezing rain to most of the province. Freezing rain warnings are in effect for a number of counties.
The storm, combined with remaining ice and snow from previous storms, brings the risk of power outages. Residents are reminded to prepare by having 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 and how to stay safe during power outages.
An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.
Residents are also encouraged to monitor rooftops for snow and ice build-up, and if need be, have the build-up removed safely.
The public is also advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings. A list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada online. For more advice and to download an emergency preparedness guide, visit the Get Prepared website. To prepare for a power outage, visit the NB Power website.
Travel should be restricted during and after a winter storm. Residents should always monitor road conditions before travelling.
● NB Power