Tie down your BBQs and garbage bins: minister
Quebec's public security minister has asked civil security officials to take all measures it can -- to intervene, if necessary, as Hurricane Sandy passes through.
Stephane Bergeron says the government is closely following Sandy's progress and will do everything in its power to be ready in case the storm causes damage.
But, Bergeron says citizens must also prepare.
He says every family should prepare and one good tool is to get an emergency kit ready with anything you might need, things like water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a battery powered radio, a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit.
He says with the strong winds expected, it would be a good idea to tie down anything that could blow off and cause damage like lawn furniture barbecues, garbage bins and satellite dishes.
Bergeron also suggests that if you need to drive around, you might want visit the Quebec 511 website or call 511 to make sure the roads you plan to take are open.
He says, if you don't absolutely need to travel, then consider postponing your trip.
"Authorities will issue further instructions as the situation warrants," he says. "Listen to your local media for the state of the situation and to find out what measures you need to take. Be careful and plan ahead."