Municipality prepares for first major winter storm of the season

January 4, 2018

SYDNEY, NS – The municipality’s emergency management team has met in anticipation of today’s weather. Planning includes preparing comfort shelters, if needed, and communications channels to inform the public of alerts, warnings and the opening of shelters. 

“A significant challenge with this particular storm is the potential for power outages and falling trees or powerlines,” said Mayor Cecil Clarke. “The extreme high winds predicted are very concerning. Gusts of 120 kilometres per hour are hurricane strength winds that can knock over trees and power lines and carry debris.”  See this site for latest weather forecasts: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns19

“We can’t stress enough to residents that it is preferable that they stay safely indoors. Avoid unnecessary travel during the height of this storm if at all possible,” he added. 

“Information about transit operations, solid waste collection, public works activity and emergency services matters will continue though media and social media channels throughout the next days,” said Clarke. 

CBRM’s snow removal fleet includes 24 loader plows, 6 graders, 16 salt trucks, 20 sidewalk plows, 2 tractor blowers in addition to the services of contractors. 

Residents are asked and reminded to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for 72 hours in a storm situation. Visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for more information. 

The 911 system should be used if your health, safety or property is threatened and you need help right away. If you’re not sure if your situation is an emergency, the 911 call taker will determine if you need immediate help.