NSCAD community should prepare as intense storm conditions tracking for Halifax

HALIFAX, NS, – Though the intensity at which Hurricane Dorian may arrive on Saturday is still unknown, NSCAD students, staff and faculty should prepare to the best of their abilities in order to stay safe. As the storm approaches and unfolds, please check your NSCAD email often for updates. NSCAD will also keep the website, mobile app, Twitter and Facebook updated.

At time of writing, Hurricane Dorian is expected to arrive in the Maritimes on Saturday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center has Dorian arriving in Nova Scotia as a Category 1 or a hurricane-strength post tropical storm (from cbc.ca).

What does this mean

We take your safety seriously and based on a risk assessment to students, faculty and staff, may close the university. In the event of a closure, classes will not be held, all facilities will be closed, exams will be rescheduled, and meetings and other events may be cancelled. Staff and faculty are not normally required to report to work, with some exceptions. For more information, please see NSCAD weather and emergency closures.

What you need to know

Hurricanes are violent tropical storms. These extreme storms occur when winds revolve around a centre of low pressure. They wield very strong winds – of at least 120 kilometers per hour – around the “eye” accompanied by torrential rains. They can cause significant flooding, property damage and/or injury. Do not go down to the water to watch the storm. Most fatalities during hurricanes occur as a result of being caught in large waves, storm surges or flood waters.

 How can you prepare

  • Stock up on water, ready-to-eat food, heating fuel, battery-powered or wind-up flashlights and radios, manual can opener, first aid kit, and extra batteries. For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit the Halifax Regional Municipality’s emergency preparedness website.
  • Listen to the news and weather reports.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice – have a bag packed with additional water, rainwear, glow sticks, change of clothing and footwear, blanket, toiletries, hand sanitizer, supplies for your pets, and more.
  • If you live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, move inland and to higher ground. The high winds can create huge waves at sea which can be very damaging when combined with a storm surge.
  • Secure everything on your property that could be blown around or torn loose.
  • Fill your vehicle with gas, and take out cash in small bills and change for payphones.
  • Collect special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal.

*Information courtesy of HRM Emergency Preparedness

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