Prepared for Bill?

The Town has a section on its website on community emergencies with a notice board and other information pages on evacuation, supplies, and useful links such as to NSPower. It has lately added a graphic which shows the track for Hurricane Bill linked to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

But we like our IBISEYE better.

The Town also has and Emergency Preparedness Plan. You can access it here at the Town Website

This is part of its Town Hazard “Analysis”:

…Flood : Damage by wind and snow can be  complicated by the action of our local tides. There have been two significant floods in the Town of Wolfville in recent history (April 1977, and April 1958). During the 1977 flood, the low areas of Gaspereau Extension were flooded, displacing about 25 people for 5 days.
Nine houses and one business were affected and one house was completely destroyed. Many basements required extensive repairs due to the damage by salt water. The flood was a consequence of 30 foot tides, a heavy rain storm, and strong north-easterly winds. After the event, the dyke wall was repaired and built up to 28.5 feet. Though flooding is infrequent, seasonal high tides (approximately 20 year cycle) combined with heavy snow melt can pose a flood threat.
Hurricane/Windstorm/Snow During the winter months, severe weather conditions often occur in this area including heavy snowfalls, ice storms, and severe winds. Long-term power outages resulting from these conditions can cause severe
hardship. Winds generally blow off the Minas Basin in a south-westerly direction. During the hurricane season, Nova Scotia often receives the tail end of these furies. The procession of hurricanes up the Atlantic coast in the summer of 1995 demonstrates how helpless we are against the whims of nature.

Power Failure: There are many situations that might result in the cessation of power, including an act of terrorism.However severe winds or a winter ice storm are more likely causes. Power outages can last several days or even weeks. In cold weather this would cause considerable hardship to the community. An early ice storm in November 2004 resulted in power loss to a substantial area of the Annapolis Valley for several days. Although temperatures were relatively mild following the initial icy conditions, the length of power loss resulted in significant issues for seniors, those with medical needs, and off campus students.

This document isn’t really of use to residents. It is mainly for guidance for the EMO personnel, giving directions for action and responsibilities. It does, however, give contact numbers for emergency officers (Zone controllers) both for the Province and for the Town and EMO Headquarters staff. Not sure how current these are – the plan was last updated in Aug. 2008.

This Provincial EMO page is more useful perhaps?

Bill will probably only be Category 1 by the time it gets close to NS. We expect to get some rain. We also expect some downed tree branches, a power outage,  and some flooded basements in Town.

Later:  Related – Farmers fret


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