Hurricane Sandy – Affecting Travel Plans, Areas in Canada\’s East

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the Eastern Seaborad and is being billed as "Frankenstorm".  As an artic air mass pushes into the hurricane from the west essentially wrapping around it and wreaking havoc. 

This massive storm could affect upwards of 60 million people.

It will affect travel in the next few days.  Nine US states have declared a state of emergency due to this storm.  The New York Stock Exchange and Subway systems are closed.  Travel has ground to a halt.

(Read about the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, including wind warnings, power outages, cold weather and a huge blizzard: Weather Channel:  Hurricane Sandy’s Top 5 Most Serious Impacts)

In Canada, the storm is expected to affect Southern Ontario and Quebec, as well as Eastern Canada with high winds, rain, and breaking sea conditions.

If you’re flying at all this week, check your flight status before you leave for the airport by clicking Calgary ARRIVALS and DEPARTURES and Edmonton ARRIVALS and DEPARTURES.

Pray for those in Sandy’s path – it’s going to be intense.

Your basic emergency kit should include the following (source: Government of Canada):

·         Water – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order

·         Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)

·         Manual can-opener

·         Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year.

·         Crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or Weatheradio

·         First aid kit

·         Extra keys to your car and house

·         Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones

·         A copy of your emergency plan and contact information

·         If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

Recommended additional items

 ·         Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

·         Candles and matches or lighter (place candles in deep, sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)

·         Change of clothing and footwear for each household member

·         Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member

·         Toiletries

·         Hand sanitizer

·         Utensils

·         Garbage bags

·         Toilet paper

·         Water purifying tablets

·         Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)

·         A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)

·         Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)