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KENT has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to raise funds for Hurricane Preparedness. You can donate at any of our checkout locations across Atlantic Canada between June 1st-June 30th 2021 and anytime at the Red Cross website.

To be sure you are doing everything you can to protect you and your family in case of a hurricane, we are sharing some recommendations from the Canadian Red Cross on keeping you, your family and your home safe during a hurricane.

 

The most important things to remember:

  1. Identify a safe space on lower floors but not the basement; evacuate when instructed by authorities.
  2. Turn around, don’t drown – avoid flood waters.
  3. Prepare for secondary risks such as flooding, landslides and damaged buildings.

 


Be Prepared!

Before

  • The key to staying safe is to prepare and to have an emergency plan in place.
  • Listen to local news and weather reports for any potential hurricane watches and warnings in your area.
  • Find out if you live in an area where hurricanes could happen and sign up for local alerts.
  • Know the difference between a hurricane warning and a hurricane watch:
    • A hurricane warning means a hurricane is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. Evacuate if advised to do so.
    • A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Stay alert for more information.
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  • Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house.
  • If you live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, be ready to move inland or to higher ground. High winds can create large waves, which may become storm surges when they reach the shore.
  • Be prepared for power outages with sufficient food, water and medications.
 
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • Stay informed by listening to the latest warnings and advisories. Tune in to the radio or local news channels, and/or follow your local news outlet and emergency officials on social media. You can also find information on the Canadian Hurricane Centre website.
  • Secure everything on your property that can be blown around or torn loose.
  • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
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  • Turn around - don’t drown! Avoid walking and driving through flooded areas.
  • Never go out in a boat during a storm. If you are on the water and you see bad weather approaching, head for shore immediately. Do not go down to the water to watch the storm.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities or community leaders. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • If the eye of the hurricane passes over, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from two or three minutes to half an hour. Stay in a safe place on the main floor but not in the basement during this time. Remember once the eye has passed over, the winds will return from the opposite direction.

After

  • Continue to take precautions and listen to and follow directions from local authorities.
  • Tune in to the radio or local news channels, and/or follow your local news outlet and emergency officials on social media.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • Be prepared for secondary disasters such as flooding, landslides and building damage.
  • If you suspect your home is unsafe, do not enter. Rely on the professionals to clear your home for re-entry, if you are unsure.
  • Stay away from damaged areas and fallen power lines. Watch out for debris such as sheet metal, glass or other sharp material.
  • Do not use water that may have been contaminated. Throw out food that may have been contaminated, including from refrigerator and freezers.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when cleaning up.
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  • Examine your walls, doors, staircases, and windows for damage.
  • Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Check with local authorities on how to properly dispose of damaged items from your home.