Arthur is coming, whether we’re ready or not.
Don MacKenzie, Pictou County’s Emergency Measures Organization coordinator, prefers to be ready.
For EMO, that means planning and communicating with fire departments, emergency responders, Nova Scotia Power and others.
“We try to be prepared for anything that may happen,” he said about the organization, listing hurricanes, winter storms, and trail derailments as examples.
In this case, the province is preparing for a post-tropical storm, expected to bring heavy rains and winds across the Maritimes.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to hit Southwestern Nova Scotia at 9 a.m., tracking through the province and up to Prince Edward Island Saturday night.
A wind warning is in effect for Pictou County with gusts up to 90 kilometers an hour.
Though hide tide doesn’t coincide with the storm, it’s still a good idea to avoid the shoreline, MacKenzie said.
“Don’t go out looking for it,” he said.
EMO and Red Cross recommend being prepared for 72 hours with water, medication, food and other emergency items such as flashlights and a first aid kit.
One of their tips to prepare involves securing watercrafts.
The Hector Heritage Quay were sure to secure the Ship Hector ahead of the storm.
Shipwrights added two new mooring bitts to the starboard side, stabilizing the ship.
Though not recently, the Ship Hector has broken free of its moorings in the past, floating to the other side of the harbour during Hurricane Juan in 2003, severely damaging the marina and a tour boat.
When asked what the Hector Quay Society has left to do to prepare, Anne Emmett said, “pray.”
Though she’s confident it’s tied down well, she and other board members will be crossing their fingers that all goes well.
Luckily with their webcam, they’ll be able to keep an eye on the ship from home.
They also have several security cameras that they monitor, she said, and will have board members on standby.
“We don’t have to be sitting down on waterfront,” she said.
The county has been lucky in terms of storm impact, MacKenzie said, listing a 2010 winter storm as an exception that stranded Big Island for a few days after washing out the main road.
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Tips on how to prepare
Fill your bathtub(s) with water for flushing, washing and cleaning
Be sure to tune in to local broadcast networks for updates from authorities
Secure all gates, doors and windows
Move lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything that can be picked up by wind
Trim dead or diseased branches from trees to help make them more wind resistant, or remove dead trees entirely.
Park your vehicles in a garage or away from trees
Fill your car’s gas tank
Keep pets indoors
If you own a watercraft, be sure it is out of water and up to high ground
Source: Emergency Measures Organization