For emergencies DIAL 911
The Victoria County EMO is responsible for emergency planning; for coordinating emergency responses required by the Municipality of Victoria County, as well as raising awareness of emergency preparedness for businesses and residents.
Time is limited during an emergency. It is important to be prepared. In Victoria County, we typically see weather-related events such as winter storms or hurricane events, with high winds and power outages. But it is important to be prepared for any emergency.
The federal government recommends you be prepared to be in your home for a minimum of 72 hours without assistance.
How will you know if there is an emergency that affects you in Victoria County? Sign up for Voyent Alert.
Voyent Alert is a notification system. You can receive notices by phone, email, or text (or all three!) regarding municipal operations. Registration is free.
Types of Victoria County alerts:
Click here to register: Click here to register online to receive email or text-based alerts
Mobile App Users: Download and install the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores.
Basic 72-hour Emergency Kit
Recommended additional items
Keep some cash on hand, as automated bank machines and their networks may not work during an emergency. You may have difficulty using debit or credit cards.
Make an emergency plan
Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It will take you about 20 minutes to make your plan.
Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another and discuss what you would do in different situations.
Once complete, keep this document in an easy-to-find, easy-to-remember place (for example, with your emergency kit). Photocopy this plan and keep it in your car and/or at work, and a copy close to your phone.
Here are some things to include in your plan:
Hurricane season officially runs from June through November when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce a tropical cyclone, a category of weather systems that includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.
What to do when a Hurricane Watch or Warning is issued
Hurricanes can often be predicted one or two days in advance of their landfall. The key to hurricane protection is preparation. By taking precautions before, during, and after a hurricane, lives can be saved and property damage averted.
During a hurricane
A blizzard, in general, is when winds of 40 km/h or greater are expected to cause widespread reductions in visibility to 400 metres or less, due to blowing snow, or blowing snow in combination with falling snow, for at least four hours.
Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.
During a power outage, you may be left without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. If you only have a cordless phone, you will also be left without phone service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges.
You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours.
Nova Scotia Power provides electricity in Nova Scotia.
NS Power: https://www.nspower.ca/
NSP Outage Map: http://outagemap.nspower.ca/external/default.html
To reduce the likelihood of flood damage
If a flood is forecast
If flooding is imminent
Ross Ferry Volunteer Fire Department11708 Kempt Head Road
Phone: 902-674-2787 (Chief)
North Shore & District Volunteer Fire DepartmentRR#1
Neil’s Harbour/New Haven Volunteer Fire DepartmentP.O. Box 148
Phone: 902-336-2212 (Chief)
Middle River Volunteer Fire DepartmentRR#3 Baddeck
Iona Volunteer Fire Department4372 Highway 223
Ingonish Volunteer Fire DepartmentP.O. Box 158
Ingonish Beach Volunteer Fire DepartmentP.O. Box 98
Cabot Volunteer Fire Department29429 Cabot Trail
Big Bras d’Or Volunteer Fire Department1531 Old Route Five
Bay St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire DepartmentRR#1
Baddeck Volunteer Fire DepartmentP.O. Box 473
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Baddeck RCMPP.O. Box 400