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Storm watch continues and residents are reminded to be prepared and stay safe

07-Sep-2019

The Saint John Emergency Management Organization (EMO) reminds residents to take steps to help minimize the risk of property and personal damage from the storm forecast to reach our region this afternoon. As we prepare for the effects of Hurricane Dorian, our thoughts remain with our neighbours in Nova Scotia, and other parts of the Maritimes, that are bracing for an even more direct impact from the storm.

What should you expect from Hurricane Dorian in Saint John?

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way towards the Maritimes, tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Saint John. We can expect strong winds (reaching 80 km/hour this evening) and heavy rain (50-75 mm this afternoon).

Residents should be prepared in the event of localized flooding, fallen trees, power outages, road closures, storm surges along coastal communities and beaches, and other significant impacts. Important information and updates will continue to be provided through the City’s website and social media accounts.

We ask that you continue to prepare in advance, monitor local weather forecasts, and follow updates from EMO officials.

Wondering what you should do to prepare? The basic checklist includes:

  •  enough food and water for your family for 72 hours
  • secure gates, doors and windows on your property
  • move yard furniture and secure trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by wind
  • check to ensure radio batteries are working
  • fill vehicles with gas and park them away from trees
  • keep pets inside
  • move any watercraft to high ground
  • ensure the safety of you and your family and check on neighbours
    if the power goes out, do not leave candles unattended

City crews are prepared to respond to any effects of the storm. The SJ-EMO remains at a Level 1 – Enhanced Monitoring status to be resource-and-response-ready and will continue to monitor possible local risk areas as the storm approaches and passes through Saint John this evening. SJ-EMO officials remain engaged with Provincial NBEMO partners through coordinated information sharing updates.

Important contact information:

For emergencies, call 911

To report a fallen power line or power outages, call Saint John Energy at 658-5252 or visit them online.

To report damage to City infrastructure and roads, call the City of Saint John at 658-4455

To monitor local weather forecasts, visit www.theweathernetwork.com and search “Saint John”

Be Prepared and stay safe, Saint John!

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