In Nova Scotia, severe and unpredictable weather such as flooding, blizzards and hurricanes can occur. In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks, such as power outages, industrial accidents and major transportation accidents. As well, there is the possibility of acts of terrorism on Canadian soil. The following list contains natural risks and hazards that could happen in Nova Scotia.
- Chemical releases
- Pandemic influenza - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Power outages
- Severe storms
- Storm surges
The provincial Emergency Management Office (EMO) uses the four pillars of emergency management - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery - to ensure a prompt and coordinated response to an emergency. This is accomplished through training and planning before an emergency occurs and by coordinating provincial resources during an emergency. Individuals and families are an important part in the emergency management process since every emergency will have an effect at the individual level. Plan and prepare now to limit the effects an emergency has on your daily life.
To learn how to prepare for more emergencies in Nova Scotia such as: blizzards, industrial accidents, severe weather (heat/cold), and transportation accidents, contact your Community Emergency Management Coordinator through your local municipal office. Or, for more information on emergency management programs in Nova Scotia, contact the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.
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