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New Brunswick emo urges residents to ‘tear down the hatch’ for Hurricane Fiona – New BrunswickOUS News

As New Brunswick prepares for the potential effects of Hurricane Fiona, the provincial minister of public safety reminds residents not to overlook the importance of preparedness.

“We shouldn’t take it lightly, you know, it’s not the type of thing you want to see waves crashing on the shore,” Bill Hogan told reporters at a media availability in Fredericton on Thursday afternoon.

According to Environment Canada, Fiona is expected to bring dangerous weather conditions to areas of the province starting Friday. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, many areas are in the grip of tropical storms.

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Currently, the provincial government is gearing most of its resources to assist southeastern communities in New Brunswick, where Fiona is expected to be most influential.

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Hogan said teams at the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and at the municipal level have already begun managing evacuations, storm surges, local flooding and any other consequences for Fiona.

“Take down the hatch, as it were. Put whatever can fly, put it away and prepare for at least 72 hours, if not more, of the power outage to go with it.” Are. “

In anticipation of Fiona, NB Power has prepared additional resources to manage the outage.

“At this time, we have more than 400 field resources available to respond in all districts,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Global News.

“These resources are NB power crew and additional contractor crew engaged as a precautionary measure.”

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To prepare for the coming days, New Brunswickers are encouraged to assemble a 72-hour preparation kit.

Hogan urged residents not to travel in the coming days and to stay updated on changes issued by Environment Canada, the New Brunswick EMO and the provincial government.

Noting the expected impact in neighboring provinces, Hogan said that once New Brunswick managed Fiona’s aftermath, resources would be allocated where they would be needed.

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Providing aid to Prince Edward Island will be “a bit more of a challenge”, Hogan said, as the Confederation Bridge is expected to close.

“We’re ready to deploy to Nova Scotia to help those people as well, so we’re all maritime, and we act as Maritimers, and we all want to help each other, so like Just get it safe, we’re going to help.”

—With files from Nathalie Sturgeon

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