Annapolis REMO - Residents Urged to Prepare for Tropical Storm Lee
Annapolis Regional Emergency Management Organization (Annapolis REMO) is urging everyone to take proactive steps in preparation for Tropical Storm Lee.
Meteorological indicators are forecasting landfall in Nova Scotia this weekend, and it is predicted to bring powerful winds, heavy precipitation, and potentially dangerous storm surges. Authorities across the province are diligently preparing for the storm and are telling the public to do the same, well in advance of its arrival.
"Taking immediate steps to get prepared for the storm will make all the difference in the world,” said Brian Orde, Coordinator of Annapolis REMO. “If you haven't prepared yet, it's essential to go out right now before the storm hits. Also, extend assistance to community members who may be vulnerable and require additional support.”
Residents are encouraged to put in place an emergency plan, acquire or update their emergency kits, and stay well-informed throughout the event.
Orde shared some key steps individuals can take to prepare for the approaching tropical storm:
- Assemble an emergency kit stocked with supplies sufficient for several days without power. This should include at least 6 liters of water per person (equivalent to 2 liters per day), non-perishable food items that require no cooking, such as canned and dry goods (don't forget to include pet food), a manual can opener, first-aid supplies, a minimum 3-day supply of prescription medications (including pet medications), wind-up or battery-powered flashlights and radios, extra batteries, small bills for cash, and copies of important documents like driver's licenses, birth certificates, and insurance papers.
- Develop a household emergency plan and ensure that all household members are familiar with it.
- Keep mobile phones fully charged and enabled to receive Environment Canada Weather Alerts, including forecasts and notifications for flash flooding and other emergency situations.
- Avoid driving on flooded roadways.
- Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes and identify alternative shelter locations in case evacuation becomes necessary.
- Secure outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, birdfeeders, and other loose items.
- Remove boats and watercraft from the water to prevent damage.
- Properly install, fuel, and ensure the good working order of generators, maintaining a safe distance of at least 20 feet (7 metres) from your home and never locating them within enclosed spaces such as garages or sheds.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to subscribe to Annapolis REMO Emergency Email Notifications for timely updates. Subscribing is a straightforward process; simply visit https://annapoliscounty.ca/government/subscribe-to-news, click on “REMO-Regional Emergency Management Organization,” provide your name and email, and click the subscribe button.
For comprehensive information on creating a Home Emergency Plan and learning how to prepare for all types of emergencies, visit www.getprepared.ca. Stay connected with Annapolis REMO via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AnnapolisREMO) and Twitter (@Annapolis_REMO) for further updates and important announcements. Your proactive participation in preparing for Tropical Storm Lee is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of our community.
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Annapolis REMO contact:
Annapolis REMO Coordinator
(902) 532-0258 (office)
(902) 955-1185 (cell)