Tips and Information for Winter Weather, Travel and Safety in the County of Annapolis (Important Info. links and #s included)

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PLAN AHEAD
Create an emergency plan with your family or work colleagues that emphasizes telecommuting, public transit and emergency meeting locations. Check the Nova Scotia 511, operated by the Government of Nova Scotia, which may be accessed via phone, mobile device, or computer. The information covers highway conditions, highway cameras, roadwork, major incidents, weather alerts, availability of ferry services, and park information.

NS 511 Map

For further information also check out the Provincial Plowtracker, in addition to showing you where our plows are operating during the winter season, Plowtracker also allows the user to turn on other information such as the provincial winter maintenance service levels, access to the provincial highway cameras, and the ability to see where winter maintenance activities have taken place within the last 30, 60, and 90 minutes.
PLOWTRACKER

Make a checklist for your home, business, or vehicle. Property owners, tenants and businesses should have supplies on hand, such as ice melt and snow shovels to clear sidewalks as well as pathways across their driveways. They should also be prepared to warn the public of overhead dangers around the property such as falling snow or ice.

Stay informed. Sign-up with Weather Alerts from Environment Canada EC Alert ME for weather notifications that include Warnings, Watches and Statements of incoming weather systems. Or click here to direct to website to see Weather Alerts for the County of Annapolis.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

Keep emergency contact information handy. For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, please call 811. In the event of an Emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.
Be sure to check the Nova Scotia Health Authority website to ensure that there are no weather related service closures scheduled or currently taking place.
Nova Scotia Health Authority storm closures

AVOID TRAVEL 
  • Avoid travel in bad weather, if you can avoid it.
  • Call ahead before heading out to make sure the location you're heading to hasn't been closed due to pending or current storm status.
  • Stay informed. Check on Storm Closures through local radio stations K-Rock 89.3, Magic 94.9 or AVR 97.7

DELAY YOUR TRIP
  • Allow plows and emergency vehicles to get out ahead of you to treat the roads.
  • Wait until the conditions improve before venturing out and allow extra time to reach your destination. Severe winter weather can change quickly and without warning, making travel unpredictable. A single snow or ice storm can impact each neighborhood differently depending on weather patterns, timing and geography.

TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT

       If you want to avoid driving in the tough winter conditions, try taking public transit:

  • Plan your route with Kings Transit at https://kbus.caor call (902) 678-7310 for bus information. Bus schedules can be found here.

       You can track any Kings Transit Bus in real time, with the Double Map App! Check it out here.

  • Trans County Transportation provides another option for County of Annapolis residents. You check out their information here or call (902) 665-1212.
       Allow extra time for unexpected delays

MORE TIPS
  • Stock up on necessities such as food, water, clothes and medications you, your family, your pets or your business will need in case you are stranded by winter weather -- at home, or on the road in your vehicle.
  • Check in with vulnerable neighbors who may need help stocking up on supplies ahead of a storm or clearing their sidewalks afterward.
  • Prepare to move your car off our priority snow and ice routes to give room for snow plows and other equipment
  • Winter Emergency Vehicle Kit. Visit our website for a full list of items you should have in your vehicle for the winter months.

 

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