(No. 211 - July 5, 2010 - 1 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today urged Canadian travellers to take additional safety measures during hurricane season, which lasts from early June to late November and affects the North Atlantic and northeastern Pacific regions.
“The safety and well-being of Canadians abroad is of the utmost importance to this government,” said Minister Cannon. “I urge Canadians to inform themselves about the risks of travelling to threatened areas during hurricane season.”
Hurricanes often cause severe damage to infrastructure, cutting off access to transportation, emergency assistance, medical care, power, telecommunications, and food and water. The Government of Canada’s ability to assist travellers may be limited in such circumstances.
International hurricane authorities, including the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predict a higher-than-normal level of hurricane activity in the Atlantic in 2010.
“Canadians who choose to travel to vulnerable areas during hurricane season should take extra measures to help protect themselves and their families,” said Minister Cannon.
The following steps can reduce personal risk for travellers to hurricane-prone areas:
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