NL Gazette

Emergency Services emphasizes preparedness as hurricane season starts in N.L.

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Early projections show another “above average” hurricane season.
  • Jamie Kennedy, director of emergency services, highlights three essential things the public should do to be ready for any emergency.

June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, with early projections from Newfoundland and Labrador’s emergency services unit indicating another above-average year.

In the wake of hurricanes such as Hurricane Larry, Emergency Services has issued several recommendations regarding the region’s braces for future storms.

Jamie Kennedy, director of emergency services, spotlights three fundamental things that the public needs to do in preparation for any emergency:

  • Know the dangers.
  • Make a plan.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared.

What do I require in my emergency kit?

An emergency kit should have enough basic supplies to last at least 72 hours. 

According to Kennedy, an abundant water supply is important. He urges two liters of water per person daily while reminding us to have extra on-hand for pets.

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June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, with early projections from Newfoundland and Labrador’s emergency services unit indicating another above-average year

In addition, any drugs that may be needed and non-perishable food items should be included. For babies and small kids, baby formula, diapers, and extra clothes are also recommended. 

Kennedy also advises having a first aid kit, some cash, and a copy of your family’s emergency program.

Flashlights and radios are extremely pressed in the event of power outages. 

Phone chargers and banks, keys for house and vehicle, and copies of essential documents should also be considered.

Further advice can be found here. 

While families are urged to build their emergency kits based on their specific requirements, they can also be bought at various retailers ranging in price anywhere from $50 to $500. The average family kit has roughly $150 of supplies. 

Source – cbc.ca

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