The Emergency Management Office is advising Nova Scotians to take appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada’s forecast of heavy rains and potential freezing rain and ice pellets overnight. Such weather conditions can make driving treacherous and bring down power lines. The Emergency Management Office advises Nova Scotians to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if possible, and make sure they have emergency supplies in their homes or in their vehicles if driving. A home emergency kit should include a battery operated or crank radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food, drinking water, adequate supply of medication, first-aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and footwear. Similar items are recommended for vehicle kits, along with jumper cables, warning flares, a shovel, traction sand or road salt, and a tow rope. For more information on preparing a home or vehicle emergency kit, visit the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . In the event of power outage, phone Nova Scotia Power’s outage information line 1-877-428-6004.