FREDERICTON (GNB) – Power is expected to be restored to the majority of residents affected by Saturday’s severe windstorm by the end of the day. In some exceptional cases, more time is needed to fully restore power.

NB Power has more than 300 crews mobilized across the province who are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. About 94 per cent of affected households had their power restored as of this morning. Estimated times of restoration for most areas still without power are available on the NB Power website.

The utility advises residents to stay at least 10 metres from downed power lines, and to call 911 if there is an immediate safety concern. Residents should not attempt to prune or remove trees on lines, as direct or indirect contact with power lines can be fatal.

Residents are asked to remain patient while crews work to repair damage and restore power as quickly as possible.

Warming and charging centres

Warming and charging centres are still open in a number of locations for New Brunswickers waiting to have their power restored.

These centres provide a number of services, including charging stations, showers, some refreshments and a place to get warm. Different services are offered at different locations. People can refer to a current list of warming and charging centres, available online.

Residents dealing with ongoing power outages may want to consider seeking alternative accommodations with family or friends if available. Those in critical need may contact the Canadian Red Cross for assistance at 1-800-863-6582.

People with medical concerns who are affected by power outages are encouraged to call Tele-Care 811.

In the event of an emergency, call 911. Residents are asked to check on neighbours who may need assistance.

Carbon monoxide warning

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO) has been made aware of a case of carbon monoxide poisoning in the Fredericton area. A family of four was incapacitated by carbon monoxide overnight because they were using a generator inside their home.

Residents are advised to never run a generator in a home, garage, or near a window or air intake outside of a home. It is not safe to use a barbecue, camping stove or propane heater inside a house or garage. More information about the dangers of carbon monoxide is available online.

Food safety

People are reminded to avoid opening freezers or fridges unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be discarded.

NBEMO and its emergency management partners continue to monitor the situation across the province.

Are you ready for the next storm?

This recent storm is a reminder of the importance of being prepared for an emergency. New Brunswickers should have an emergency kit that includes all the supplies they need for up to 72 hours.

Emergency kits should include water, food, flashlights, radio, batteries, first aid kit, prescription medications, infant formula, and cash. Residents should also develop a plan to determine how their household would handle different situations, including storms, flooding and power outages.

A 72-Hour Guide, with more information about emergency preparedness, is available online.