With the considerable amount of snow and ice still on the ground in many parts of the province, there is a risk of flooding as temperatures rise. “Some communities are experiencing localized flooding, and as it gets warmer, more and more communities are at risk of flooding,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We encourage Nova Scotians to try to protect their property and prepare for flooding. This includes keeping storm drains clear of snow and ensuring water can drain away from dwellings and basements.” If a home is flooded, people should: For more information on preparing for a flood, visit novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp . For more information on well-water safety, visit http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf . return home until authorities have advised it is safe re-enter a home where the main power switch was not turned off before flooding, until a qualified electrician has determined it is safe use any appliances, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried and inspected by a qualified electrician. They can pose shock or fire risks when turned on use power until the main electrical panel has been cleaned, dried, and tested by a qualified electrician to ensure it is safe turn basement furnace off and shut off outside gas valves not try to turn off the main power box if it is not in a dry, safe location. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004 not stand or wade in water where it is in contact with electrical equipment not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and determined to be safe contact a local environment office at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about water People should not:
Everyone experiences stress — the body’s natural way of responding to challenges or barriers.Although stress is normal, too much can be detrimental to your health. Long-term stress can lead to ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and anxiety.Learning how to reduce and manage stress will be examined at an employee workshop later this month.Facilitated by Brock’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell, the complimentary Stress Relaxation Techniques seminar will help faculty and staff better understand stress response, discuss the importance of managing stress for optimal health and will provide an opportunity to practise stress-reducing exercises.The workshop takes place Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 204.This is the second time this year Brock’s Human Resources Office is offering the workshop. Nearly 30 employees participated in a January session.“Stress relaxation is a popular topic,” said Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness. “We all deal with stress. The seminar will provide employees with practical tools and examples that will assist them in relaxing and coping with inevitable stress.”Brock employees are invited to register on the Focus on Learning website.