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Fall brings colour and caution: how to get ready for colder weather

Fall weather brings a lot of uncertainty – but we can be certain that fall weather means increasingly colder temperatures, especially at night, and accompanying freezing rain, overnight freezes, storms are on the horizon. Here are some tips to help you be ready.

What I learned after having to self-isolate with no warning

I was at home when I got the call. Thanks to the work of contact tracers, my husband was informed that he had potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and needed to get tested ASAP. While we waited for the results of our tests, we would need to immediately stay home and not leave. Here's what I learned after having to self-isolate with no warning. 

How to prepare for summer power outages

Due to COVID-19, more people are at home at all times of the day. On hot days, overload to power grids often happen. However, whether it’s due to a grid failure or a thunderstorm, power outages can leave you without air conditioning, lighting, hot water or even running water – and they can last for days or even weeks. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Staying safe on Canada Day: Barbecues, fireworks, and physical distancing

Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate! While this Canada Day is going to look a little different for many of us, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of our favourite summer activities and enjoy them safely.

Thunderstruck – Lightning and Thunderstorm Safety

You may have heard the saying “when thunder roars, head indoors”, and that’s great advice. Thunderstorms move quickly, and may be accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, hail, or tornadoes. Pay attention to weather warnings.
 
When outdoors, keep checking for rapidly darkening skies or increasing wind, and seek shelter immediately if you hear thunder or see lightning. If you can’t get home or into shelter, here are some things to keep in mind:

It’s that time of year again: How to prepare for wildfires, evacuations, and the emotional stress they bring

Canada experiences around 8,000 wildfires every year. These can quickly devastate large areas of forest, grasslands, buildings, and even entire communities. As wildfire season rolls around again, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare - all from the comfort of your own home.

Prepare now, avoid long lines during hurricane warnings

It’s more important than ever to get a head start on your hurricane preparedness. Preparing now means less crowds and shortages amidst a hurricane warning. Here are some easy tips to help get you started. 

Living on an island during a disaster

Have you ever wondered what living on an island is like? On Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, living on an island is reality for myself and the rest of the population of 2,360 people. When you are isolated, you have no other choice but to pitch in. Most people wear multiple hats in the community. The rule of survival is to help your neighbours, friends, and family. 
 

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