The Halifax Regional Municipality‘s Emergency Management Division is closely monitoring the weather forecast as a series of low pressure systems move into the Maritimes.
The municipality says it will open its emergency operations center on Monday morning and that it will remain activated until the storm has passed.
From Monday until Tuesday, the storm is expected to bring 100 to 150mm of rain, with winds of up to 90 to 100 km / h.
Roy Hollett, deputy fire chief at Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, said that starting Sunday, garbage collection would still take place Monday morning.
“As the storm arrives and we receive more updates, it will be reassessed as to what can happen on Tuesday and Wednesday. So I encourage residents to follow the public announcements and information about the collection. waste, ”Hollett said.
SUPPORT FOR THE HOMELESS
The municipality is also working on ways to support the homeless community during the storm.
In collaboration with the province, the municipality will provide temporary emergency shelters, as well as comfort centers, to the occupants of the homeless camps in the region.
“These homes will provide people and their property with a safe place to stay during the storm,” read a press release from the municipality on Sunday.
The municipality is urging residents to prepare for the storm, adding that the biggest threat to homes and properties is flying debris.
“Please move umbrellas and patio furniture indoors and remove anything that high winds might pick up, such as garbage, flowerpots, toys, etc.,” the statement read.
Residents, who can do so safely, are also encouraged to clean storm sewers of debris before the storm hits to reduce the likelihood of water accumulation.
“The problems that arise when the drain starts to clog and water can’t use it (properly). So just make sure that if you have a drain and you notice that there is a lot of leaves and needles, please come out and clean the needles, clean the drains so that the water can come down, ”Hollett said.
Provincial emergency officials say it’s also important for residents to have enough supplies on hand to last 72 hours.
“Make sure they have enough food in the house, and consider recharging their cell phones,” said Jason Mew of the Nova Scotia Office of Emergency Management Incident Management Division. “Not only watch themselves, their family and extended family, but also their neighbors.”
Municipality says residents can register for its hfxALERT – the municipal mass notification system. Subscribers will receive alerts by phone, email or SMS.
Residents can call 311 for up-to-date information on city services or to report problems such as flooding, downed trees or blocked roads. For emergencies, residents should dial 911.