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Residents and Municipalities encouraged to be prepared for hurricane season

From the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs:

Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador wishes to remind residents that the hurricane season runs from June to November throughout North America. It is important that all residents be prepared for adverse weather conditions.

Residents of this province should know the risks associated with adverse weather conditions in their communities, develop an emergency plan, and assemble an emergency kit. Having supplies on hand, including food, water, batteries and a portable radio, is important. It is also necessary to ensure items such as birth certificates and prescription drugs are easily accessible in the event an evacuation order is issued and residents are required to leave their homes on short notice. Further information about emergency preparedness can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/fes or http://www.getprepared.gc.ca.

Individuals and families can prepare against vulnerability to hurricanes and severe windstorms by taking precautions as described by the Insurance Bureau of Canada: ibc.ca/en/natural_disasters/protect_yourself_from_climate_change/hurricane.asp.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are also encouraged to follow local weather forecasts throughout the next few months and watch for warnings and advisories. These can be found at weather.gc.ca.

Municipalities are encouraged to monitor weather warnings on a daily basis as well and secure local infrastructure from potential adverse weather conditions. All communities should ensure that storm sewers, culverts, bridges, and drains are free from debris and that emergency personnel are on standby should weather conditions warrant an emergency response. It is also prudent for municipalities to review their emergency management plan and ensure contact information for first responders and other individuals is updated.

Further information regarding preparedness, insurance and Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements can be found in the backgrounder below.

Backgrounder – Tips for Residents Preparing for Adverse Weather Conditions

General Information

  • Ensure you know all local emergency numbers within your community.
  • Take precautions in and around your home with the following steps:
  • Ensure sump pumps are in working order;
  • Keep all drains free from debris ;
  • Remove dead tree branches around your home, which could pose a hazard or threat;
  • Consider installing a hard-lined phone in your home as cordless phones will not work in a power outage.
  • Do not touch or attempt to move downed power lines in your area, but instead advise your utility provider immediately;
  • If you become aware of flooding on streets or blocked culverts, contact municipal officials to advise them of the situation immediately.

Insurance Information

Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements

  • Should a large scale event occur, the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program does not cover all losses.
  • For example, costs of restoring or replacing items that are insured or reasonably insurable such as personal vehicles, damages to property as a direct result of wind, or damages caused by sewer backup are not eligible under the DFAA program, but may be eligible for insurance coverage.
  • Damages caused solely by overland flooding are eligible under the DFAA program if all other guideline criteria are met.
  • For further information about DFAA please visit: www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/rcvr-dsstrs/dsstr-fnncl-ssstnc-rrngmnts/index-eng.aspx#a01.
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