FREDERICTON (GNB) – NB Power crews are making progress in restoring power to those affected by the windstorm, with 99 per cent of the utility’s customers now reconnected. More complex issues are delaying restoration to the remaining customers.

NB Power has more than 300 crews mobilized across the province who are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Estimated times of restoration for most areas still without power are available on the NB Power website.

Warming and charging centres

Many warming and charging centres remain 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 with critical needs 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

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

All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for over 24 hours should be discarded. The case is the same for frozen food that was kept in a freezer without electricity for over 36 hours.

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, a radio, batteries, a 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.