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New Brunswick Emergency org.: Prepare for longer emergencies due to climate change
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Published 23 December 2008 by CBC (original article)

The rise of freak weather storms as a result of global warming means that New Brunswickers should add extra water and supplies to their emergency stockpile, according to the director of the provincial Emergency Measures Organization.

Published 23 December 2008 by CBC, http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/12/23/nb-emo-prepared.html

[This is an EXCERPT: read the whole article here. -Ed.]

The rise of freak weather storms as a result of global warming means that New Brunswickers should add extra water and supplies to their emergency stockpile, according to the director of the provincial Emergency Measures Organization.

Traditionally, homeowners have been warned to keep 72 hours worth of food and water in case they are disconnected from the power grid because of a severe storm or flood.

Ernie MacGillivray, the director of the Emergency Measures Organization, said even if most people were able to sustain themselves for 72 hours that would have given emergency responders the ability to deal with the most urgent cases. But times are changing as the climate changes.

Now MacGillivray said people should be prepared now to be without power for as long as a week.

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