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Emergency Communications - Bridgewater Bridge Collapse - 1971
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Emergency Preparedness -
During an emergency, you may not have time to make alternative plans. You may also not be aware of who to listen to for instructions. That's why it is important to know who to call and what to do.
When to call 911:
Report a fire
Report a crime
Save a life
For non-emergency calls, use the seven- or ten-digit numbers listed in your local phone book for police, fire and paramedic services.
In case of a major emergency:
Follow your emergency plan
http://www.getprepared.ca/plan/plan_e.aspGet your emergency kit http://www.getprepared.ca/kit/kit_e.asp
Make sure you are safe before assisting others.
Listen to the radio or television for information from local officials and follow their instructions.
Stay put until all is safe or until you are ordered to evacuate.
You may be instructed to "shelter-in-place" if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment (for example, a vehicle causing a hazardous materials spill). This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:
Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
Close the fireplace damper.
Get your emergency kit
http://www.getprepared.ca/kit/kit_e.asp and make sure the radio is working.
Go to an interior room that's above ground level (if possible, one without windows). In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate.
Evacuation orders
Authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe you are in danger.
If you are ordered to evacuate, take your emergency kit
http://www.getprepared.ca/kit/kit_e.asp, essential medications, copies of prescriptions and a cellular phone (if you have one) with you.
If you have time, call or e-mail your out-of-town contact. Tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive. Once you are safe, let them know. Tell them if any family members have become separated.
If you have time, leave a note telling others when you left and where you are.
Shut off water and electricity if officials tell you to.
Plan to take your pets with you to a relative or friend's home, or identify a "pet-friendly" hotel or pet boarding facilities or emergency shelter in advance.
Lock your home.
This information is from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.
To learn more about how to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies, visit www.GetPrepared.ca

Emergency Preparedness for Winter
Winter weather can be severe and unpredictable.  Blizzards, ice storms and high winds are not only treacherous while driving or walking, but also have the potential to cause damage to your home and disrupt power in your community.  As winter approaches, it is important to take a few steps to prepare in case of an emergency.
Prepare an evacuation plan in the event of a prolonged power disruption.
Prepare your vehicle for winter (well maintained, full fuel tank, winter survival kit)
Have the following supplies on hand in advance:
Battery operated radio
Spare batteries
Candles and matches
Non-perishable food
Drinkable water
Adequate supply of medication
Plumbing antifreeze
Alternative heat source, such as wood stove, fireplace or CSA-approved space heater
Fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
In the event of a power outage, take the following precautions:
Avoid opening doors unnecessarily.
Turn off all electrical appliances.
Use your alternate heat source to minimize heat loss.
Ensure that you maintain adequate ventilation.
If the power outage is prolonged and pipes are in danger of freezing, turn off the main water valve and drain the line by running taps. Put plumbing antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks and bathtub drains.
Turn off and drain your hot water heater by connecting a hose to the drainage tap of the tank.
How to Prepare for a Winter Power Failure
Freezing rain, sleet storms or high winds can damage power lines and result in outages which may last anywhere from a few hours to several days.  The following precautions can reduce the harmful effects and potential damage of power failure on your home.
Install a non-electric standby stove or heater.  Use only fuel-burning heaters certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Canadian Gas Association.
Clean the flue on your wood-burning fireplace in preparation for home heating and keep a good supply of wood on hand.
If someone in your house relies on electrically powered life-sustaining equipment, register with your electric supply authority and your community emergency program.
Keep an emergency survival kit that consists of the following items:
Non-perishable food and water
Flashlights, batteries, candles and matches, coal-oil lantern and fuel
Fuel stove and fuel
Blankets and warm clothing
Battery-operated radio
Stock a portable survival kit.
In the event of a power failure:
Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment and turn the thermostat down to minimum. This will prevent injury, damage or fire upon restoration of power. As well, power can be restored more easily to an area when there is not a heavy load on the electrical system. Leave one light switch on, so you know when power is restored.  Don’t open your fridge or freezer, unless absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed.  DO NOT use charcoal or gas barbeques, camping heating equipment or home generators indoors.  They can give off carbon monoxide which can cause serious health problems, even death. Use sturdy candleholders and never leave candles burning unattended.  If you have a backup heating unit, turn it on before the house gets too cold. If using a home generator, the installation should only be done by a qualified technician. 
In the event of an evacuation:
Turn off the main breaker or switch of the circuit-breaker panel or power-supply box.
Turn off the water main where it enters the house. Protect the valve, inlet pipe, and meter or pump with blankets or insulation material.
Drain the water from your plumbing system. Starting at the top of the house, open all taps and flush toilets several times. Go to the basement and open the drain valve.
Drain your hot water tank by attaching a hose to the tank drain valve and running it to the basement floor drain.  (If you drain a gas-fired water tank, the pilot light should be turned out – the local gas supplier should be called to re-light it.)
Unhook washing machine hoses and drain.
Add a small amount of glycol or antifreeze to water left in the toilet bowl, and the sink and bathtub traps.
Clear valuables from the basement floor in case of flooding.
 Listen to a battery-operated radio for detailed instructions from your municipality.
After the power returns:
If the main electric switch was turned off, check to ensure appliances, electric heaters, TVs, microwave ovens and computers are unplugged to prevent damage from a power surge when the power is restored.
Do not enter a flooded basement unless you are sure the power is disconnected.
Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse-breaker panels until they have been checked and cleaned by a qualified technician.
Switch on the main electric switch.
Turn the thermostats up first, and then reconnect the fridge and stove a few minutes later.
Close the drain valve in the basement.
Turn on the water supply.  Close lowest valves/taps first and allow air to escape from upper taps.
Make sure the hot water heater is filled before turning on the power to it.
Rinse out dishwasher and washing machine if necessary.
Check food supplies for spoilage.
For more information on winter preparedness – go to EMO Nova Scotia website –
http://www.gov.ns.ca/emoand Nova Scotia Power website – http://www.nspower.ca/ManageOutages
You can also download the 72 hour Emergency Preparedness guide from The Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada website

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Environmental Home Assessment Program
is a free service designed to inform Nova Scotians about the importance of their on-site water wells and septic system, as well as their home oil tank. The home assessment provides educational information about the importance of regular well water quality testing, pumping of the septic system and maintenance of the oil tank.
The program is free and offers home assessments to hundreds of individual homes served by water wells and on-site septic systems.
Interested individuals are asked to register for this program as soon as possible as there is limited space available.
Homeowners who participate will receive:
• a water and wastewater assessment for their property
• a $100 rebate on septic tank pumping
• a water quality sampling kit
• water saving devices
• samples of environmentally friendly cleaners
• and a home oil tank system checklist.
In addition, depending on financial need and the state of the septic system, lower-income households may be eligible for a grant of up to $3000 to help cover the cost of any necessary repairs.
To participate in the Environmental Home Assessment Program, homeowners should contact Diana Saunders at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation by calling 624-9888 or toll free at 1-866-551-5586.

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