EMO: Blackville Fire Hall Open As Warming Centre
NB Storm Update:
EMO – The Blackville Fire Hall will be open today as a warming centre for those without power. If you have no power, please come by to warm up. Fresh water also available.
Please travel safely.
– Village of Blackville
The following advice is provided by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization for residents affected by power outages:
- Power crews are working to restore power as soon as possible. More information on outages is available on the NB Power website.
- Customers still without power are reminded to turn down their heat sources and unplug major appliances in their home in advance of power restoration to avoid a surge in demand that has the potential to cause more outages. This is known as ‘cold load pickup.’ Heat sources and appliances can be gradually turned on following restoration.
- Residents should not approach downed power lines, or trees that are in contact with power lines.
- Never run generators or cook with an open flame, inside a home or the garage, as these activities create carbon monoxide which can become extremely dangerous. Never leave candles or lanterns unattended. Take a moment to test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
- Food safety: If you have no power, do not open your freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be discarded.
- New Brunswickers with any medical concerns who are affected by power outages are encouraged to call Tele-Care 811.
- Residents are reminded to prepare by having everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car, knowing what to do and how to stay safe during power outages.
- An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.
- In case of power outages, residents are encouraged to check on their neighbours, particularly the elderly, to see if any assistance is required.