Emergency Preparedness

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Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life. 

Emergencies can be very stressful but if you take the time now to prepare, you and your family will be better able to cope. Learn how quick and easy it is to become prepared to face a range of emergencies, anytime, anywhere.

Why should we prepare for 72 hours?

If an emergency happens in your area, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. Could you look after yourself and your family for three days if an emergency occurred, no services were available and emergency responders couldn’t get to you? 
 

Emergencies may be beyond our control, but we can reduce the risk and the impact regardless of what causes the emergency. There are three simple steps everyone can take to become better prepared to face emergencies: Know the risks; Make a plan; Get an emergency kit.

Where can I get information during an emergency?

Follow local media for reports and directions from officials.
 
Our Public Safety Division Facebook and Twitter sites are updated frequently, especially during an emergency. Many emergency service providers, such as PEI RCMP and Charlottetown Fire also regularly update their social media pages. 
 

As well, the Public Safety Division may issue public alerts in an emergency. You can sign up to receive provincial government news and public alerts by email.

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What is Alert Ready?   

Alert Ready is a system that allows us to issue public safety messages when life or property is threatened. Cable and satellite companies, radio stations, over-the-air television stations and video-on-demand services in Canada are required to broadcast or distribute the alerts. 

On TV, the alert will begin with an attention signal interrupting scheduled program audio, followed by the alert presented as a full screen or a crawler section at the bottom of the screen. 

You can learn more about the Alert Ready system, listen to sample warnings or watch video examples on the Weather Network website.  

Know the risks  

Knowing the risks in your area can help you better prepare.

Throughout the year Islanders may experience hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, and forest fires. Coastal areas are subject to flooding and storm surges. Learn more about safety during extreme weather. 

In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks such as power outages, industrial accidents, major transportation accidents and acts of terrorism. 

Make a plan 

Every household needs an emergency plan. Your plan will help you and your family know what to do in an emergency. Download your personal emergency planning guide. It will take you about 20 minutes to create your personalized plan.

Get an emergency kit

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may have to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
 
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?
 
For detailed lists, including recommended emergency kit items for pets, and a check list for a vehicle emergency kit, download a copy of Your Emergency Preparedness Guide
 
How can we help children prepare for an emergency?

Teach children what to do in case of an emergency. Make sure they know their home civic address number. Teach children when and how to call 911. 

How can I contact the Emergency Measures Organization?

Telephone:    (902) 894-0385
Fax:        (902) 368-6362
Email:      emo@gov.pe.ca 

Toll Free (daytime only):  1 (877) 894-0385

For emergency assistance through the PEI Emergency Measures Organization after hours call: (902) 892-9365 or toll free at 1-888-294-9909

Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life. 

 

 

 

 
 

   

 

Published date: 
March 29, 2016
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General Inquiries

Public Safety Division
PO Box 911
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L9

Phone: (902) 894-0385
Toll-free: 1-877-894-0385
Fax: (902) 368-6362

publicsafety@gov.pe.ca

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