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Being storm-ready: How to prepare for a hurricane in the Maritimes

Stocking up on non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries are a must to prepare for a big storm — and don't forget a manual can opener.

Non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries are a must — and don't forget a manual can opener

Non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries are some of the items that may be needed during hurricane season. (Shutterstock/Alex Kosev)

During hurricane season, it pays to be prepared in the Maritimes. 

Here are tips to be ready if you're hit with strong winds, rain and everything else a hurricane or tropical storm can bring. 

Emergency kit essentials

Here are some items to gather to prepare for the storm:

  • Drinking water, including two litres of water per person per day. If you have pets, make sure to take them into consideration.
  • Non-perishable food: Stock up on food you can eat without cooking — unless you have a wood stove, barbecue or camping stove — including items such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods.
  • Pet food.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Essentials for babies, including diapers and formula.
  • Essential prescription medications.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Battery-powered or windup flashlights and radio.
  • Cash.
  • Charging banks for phones.
  • Extra batteries.
  • A full tank of gas for vehicles.

Here are some other things to consider doing to prepare:

  • Fill your bathtub with enough water for bathing or to flush the toilet in case the power to your water system goes out.
  • Charge your devices.
  • Have duct tape and tarp on hand in case a window breaks.
  • Make sure there are books and games for kids.
  • Use candles with caution, as they can present a fire risk. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Park your vehicle away from trees.
  • Secure gates, doors and windows.
  • Keep your pets inside.
  • Move any type of watercraft to high ground.
  • Before the storm hits, secure any loose objects outside such as patio furniture, garbage cans or plants.

Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office also warns people need to continue to follow COVID-19 public health directions. Stores often have longer lineups in advance of a storm, and physical distancing of two metres (six feet) and mask wearing are still required.

Make sure you have handy the phone number to report outages in your area if you lose power. You can also bookmark your province's outage map on your mobile phone to check, as long as you have data or wifi. 

Follow the live weather blog for the Maritimes

Keep up to date with the CBC Maritimes live weather blog, updated every day.

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