As we approach winter and prepare for the snow and cold weather, the Municipality of Yarmouth has some helpful tips on how you can ‘Win Winter’ this year.

Winter Preparedness

Being prepared for the winter weather is a key part of staying safe in the winter. Here are five tips to follow:

  1. Get informed and go outdoors – when going outside, remember to tell someone where you’ll be and dress in layers to stay warm
  2. Stay Safe indoors – be mindful of fire prevention and safety when staying warm indoors
  3. Check your family emergency kit – make sure your emergency kit is organized and easy to carry
  4. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle – keep an emergency kit in your vehicle and refresh supplies for winter
  5. Check weather reports – check Environment Canada to learn of special weather alerts.

To learn more about these tips, check out the Government of Canada’s website here: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201212-en.aspx

Snow Plowing

Did you know that most of the roads in our Municipality are provincially owned? This means that the province is in charge of plowing them.

To check the Provincial Plowtracker and see the winter maintenance activities taking place on provincially owned and maintained roadways, visit the following link: https://novascotia.ca/tran/winter/

Just remember that when the snowplow goes by your road and leaves a small trail of snow on your driveway, that it is your responsibility to remove it!

Emergency Kit Essentials

Having an Emergency Kit ready for winter is important for when winter storms or extreme cold weather occurs. But what should you put in it? The following is a list of key items that you should be sure to include in your Emergency Kit:

*  Water — two litres of water per person per day
*  Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods
*  Manual can opener
*  Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
*  Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
*  First aid kit
*  Extra keys for your car and house
*  Cash, travellers' cheques, and change
*  Important family documents such as identification, insurance, and bank records
*  Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. For a full list of items, visit the Government of Canada’s website at: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx

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Monitoring Roads

Staying up to date on road conditions is important in keeping you and your passengers safe while travelling in your personal vehicle.

To check the road conditions of provincially owned and maintained roadways, as well as to view the highway webcams, visit the following link: https://novascotia.ca/tran/winter/

Municipal priorities

When it comes to snow and ice control, we aim to clear Municipally owned sidewalks and roadways from snow and ice to ensure a safe and convenient condition for travel.

The priority for snow and ice control will be given based on level of service required. Some of the factors affecting this include accumulation, location, equipment priorities, and manpower. Another priority will be to clear snow prior to school openings and closing.

Winter Preparedness