The provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is advising the public to take the necessary precautions as a post-tropical storm approaches Nova Scotia. High winds and heavy rain are expected when the remnants of Hurricane Wilma pass across the province Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 26. “Hurricane Wilma is expected to have been downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the time it approaches Nova Scotia,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act, said today, Oct. 24. “But we know that weather systems like this are unpredictable. The best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “A post-tropical storm will mean high winds and heavy rains. It is important that Nova Scotians be prepared for this kind of adverse weather,” said Craig MacLaughlan, executive director of EMO. “The best advice is to listen for updated weather information or public safety bulletins and act accordingly.” Other ways to prepare for a weather-related event of this kind include: Nova Scotians are also being reminded not to endanger themselves by going to coastal areas to watch the storm. Nova Scotians can visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo to obtain more information on emergency preparedness. Secure objects on your property that could be torn loose or blown around. Maintain an emergency kit, including food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets medication, a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit. Choose a shelter area away from windows for you and your family. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Be prepared for flooding by moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood areas and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood. Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in your deep freezer. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a meeting place for you and your family and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety.