Winter has arrived, and the Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are reminding Nova Scotians that now is the time to prepare your family for winter storms and challenging driving conditions. “Severe winter weather can strike without notice. That is why it is critical that all Nova Scotians are ready,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “As the new year approaches, I encourage all families to make a resolution to be better prepared to deal with the dangers that winter weather and other emergencies can bring.” Blizzards and winter storms can bring bitter cold, high winds, heavy snowfall, freezing rain, poor visibility and slippery roads. They may last for a few hours or several days. An emergency kit at home and in the car will help ensure that Nova Scotia families are ready for whatever winter has in store. Emergency kits should include items needed for people to be self-sufficient for up to 72-hours after a storm, including extra water and food, a radio and a flashlight powered by batteries or crank. Nova Scotians should ensure their civic address is easily visible to first responders, and stock up on supplies including road salt or sand, a snow shovel and other snow removal equipment, and enough clothing and blankets to keep everyone warm. When travelling, winter weather conditions can make driving difficult. Drivers should monitor local weather forecasts for road conditions, and exercise caution at all times. “If conditions are not good, the decision to stay home until they improve is the safest choice,” added Ms. Jennex. More information on preparing an emergency kit for homes or vehicles is available on the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . More information and tips on winter driving are available at www.gov.ns.ca/Tran . Information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information.
“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received information from local officials from Walgak in west Akobo that an attack took place on Friday, 8 February, in the Manitor area,” Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists today at a briefing in New York.According to media reports, the people of Walgok were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle when they came under attack by an armed force. That information has not been confirmed by the UN Mission.The investigative team, which includes UN personnel and officials from the Government of South Sudan, will “investigate, obtain accurate information, assess the needs of the affected population and determine what is required by the South Sudanese authorities to address the situation,” the spokesperson added.As part of its mandated role in the country, UNMISS investigates allegations of human rights abuses and supports efforts to protect civilians.The Mission has been active in consolidating peace and security, and helping to establish conditions for development in the world’s newest country since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011.