HALIFAX/EAST HANTS: Nova Scotians are being advised to batten down the hatches and put away that lawn furniture because there’s a storm coming Monday Nov. 22.

The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising Nova Scotians to take steps now to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property in advance of Monday’s predicted storm.

Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rain and strong winds starting Monday morning, particularly in parts of Cape Breton and the Halifax area. Some parts of northern Nova Scotia may see snow. These events may cause flooding, storm surges and power outages.



Storm preparation checklist:
— have enough food and water on hand for 72 hours
— monitor local media outlets for updates
— secure gates, doors and windows
— move lawn furniture and secure trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by wind
— check radio and flashlight batteries
— make sure vehicles have enough fuel, and park away from trees
— make sure cell phones are charged before the storm
— keep pets inside
— move boats or other watercraft to high ground
— make sure you and your family are safe, and check on your neighbours
— if the power goes out, do not leave candles unattended.



EMO is working with Environment Canada and partners on the approaching storm, gathering municipal information, identifying possible local risk areas and keeping in close touch with provincial and municipal emergency management officers and co-ordinators.

Additional resources:
For information on how to prepare for a hurricane and regular updates, visit https://novascotia.ca/alerts

Follow EMO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyManagementOfficeNovaScotia and Twitter: https://twitter.com/nsemo

Power outages should be reported to Nova Scotia Power at: 1-877-428-6004