Are you prepared for Hurricane Gonzalo!!??
I have to ask this question because for the most part Newfoundland and Labrador is use to major wind and rain. Having said that we have been hit with our fair share of storms that has left a major impact on our communities. We should all take the opportunity to ensure we are ready for any type of weather emergency. The easiest way to get ready is to make an emergency plan for your home. This plan can be a reference and checklist when we know bad weather is approaching.
Households should be prepared for up to 72 hours in the case of an emergency. For an emergency preparedness guide visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-eng.aspx
The town of Bay Roberts Public Works Department has installed a generator at the chlorination plant to ensure residents has safe drinking water during power outages.
During extended power outages the Avalon North Search and Rescue operates a comfort station, located on Station Rd.
Please ensure all patio furniture and other unsecure items are safely stowed away.
Here is a short list of items everyone show consider when preparing for an emergency or power outage.
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
- Manual can-opener
- Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year.
- Crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or Weatheradio
- First aid kit
- Extra keys to your car and house
- Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
- A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
- If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)
Recommended additional items
- Candles and matches or lighter (place candles in deep, sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
- Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
- Hand sanitizer
- Garbage bags
- Toilet paper
- Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)
- A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
- Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)
On a final note, in the case of a power outage please do not use a BBQ or propane stove inside the home.
The above information is only intended to act as a guide for preparing for any emergency situation, most information sourced can be found at www.getprepared.gc.ca