Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is encouraging Nova Scotians to prepare themselves and their families for winter conditions as a New Year’s Eve blizzard approaches the province. “We all want to enter 2009 safely, so people should take that into consideration when they make their plans for celebrating the new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said today, Dec. 31. “You don’t want to be stuck in a blizzard unprepared.” Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for all of Nova Scotia. Heavy snowfall and high winds overnight could make driving treacherous. “All Nova Scotians should take the time to prepare emergency kits for their homes and vehicles,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “A few minutes of preparation can go a long way toward keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and comfortable when winter storms strike.” The Emergency Management Office website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo, has a thorough checklist for emergency kit supplies. Residents should have emergency items on hand in their homes, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, medications, non-perishable food and water, a manual can opener and extra clothing and blankets. They should also have an adequate supply of prescription medications. Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel during winter storms and listen for weather and travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, they should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food and water, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas. A set of four winter tires is highly recommended. “I wish all Nova Scotians a safe, happy and prosperous new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.