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Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 2012 - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, made the following statement regarding Hurricane Sandy and its potential impact on Central and Eastern Canada:

"The Government of Canada is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy through the Government Operations Centre. In addition, the Canadian Hurricane Centre is providing regular updates on the hurricane's strength and path," said Minister Toews. "Citizens in the potentially affected areas should follow the direction of local and provincial emergency first responders."

"Public Safety Canada is working closely with our provincial counterparts. Our Government stands ready to assist the provinces with the effects of Hurricane Sandy if assistance is required."

"We have taken precautionary steps to ensure that the Federal government can aid the provinces affected should the need arise. The Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard are standing by ready to assist, Health Canada is conducting generator checks and has reviewed the National Emergency Stockpile and the Government Operations Centre is working around the clock to ensure all necessary assets are in place.

We encourage Canadians to ensure they too are ready to deal with the hurricane and encourage everyone to visit to ensure that their family has an emergency plan in place. Information on Hurricane Sandy can be found at"

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