The weather forecast is calling for extreme cold temperatures. In the links below you will find some online resources to help you be prepared.
You can call 211 at any time to get help for anyone you see suffering from cold weather. 211 is a province-wide information and referral service. The service has partnered with the Cold Weather Committee to ensure anybody in need of warmth will receive it. When called for help, they connect with local agencies to provide relief. “At this time of year we tend to see an increase in calls for help coping with the effects of cold winter weather, specifically for basic needs like shelter, warm clothing or help with utilities,” says Mike Myette, executive director of 211 Nova Scotia. “We’re always here to help.” Myette notes that while the 211 service works with the Cold Weather Committee’s protocol in Halifax, 211 will help anyone in Nova Scotia in need find resources near them in the event of cold weather or other challenging circumstances. (Source: nshealth.ca)
Resources for cold weather preparedness:
- Seven steps to cold weather safety – Government of Canada
- Staying warm in winter – Government of Nova Scotia
- Winter storms: Before, during, and after – Canadian Red Cross
- Pipes freezing? Here’s how to stop it – CBC
- Keep your pet warm and safe this winter – Nova Scotia SPCA
Struggling to make ends meet? You might qualify for home heating assistance. Find out here:
- Apply for a heating assitance rebate – Government of Nova Scotia
- Heating system rebates: Nova Scotia – Efficiency NS
Stay safe, everyone!