Government of PEI partners with Canadian Red Cross to provide additional support to Islanders
The Government of Prince Edward Island has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to continue delivery of the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance program (PDFAP) for Islanders. The program will provide residents, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations with an opportunity to apply for financial assistance for losses on uninsurable, essential basic property loss due to post-tropical storm Dorian.
The Government of PEI and the Canadian Red Cross have a long-standing partnership on the Island, working closely through several disasters. The Government of PEI has requested that the Red Cross manage the program on its behalf as a humanitarian organization with experience. Most recently and notably, they assisted impacted individuals, families and organizations of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires in their recovery efforts.
"We have been steadily increasing our capacity in terms of trained volunteers, staff, resources and technology in light of recent major events across the country, from floods to wildfires to ice storms, and we're honoured by the trust placed in us with this expanded role supporting Prince Edward Island," said Bill Lawlor, New Brunswick and PEI Provincial Director of the Canadian Red Cross.
Following the storm in September, the Red Cross activated its bilingual national emergency call centre to help the government track which Islanders reported property damage or impacts such as food spoilage. This service will continue and the Red Cross will also begin to provide application packages and support for PEI's Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program.
“We’ve heard from Islanders the urgent need for additional financial support while dealing with the aftermath of Dorian. The enhanced partnership with the Canadian Red Cross makes sense. They have the expertise and resources to provide timely and effective support to Islanders who need it most as they continue to get their lives back to normal.”
- Bloyce Thompson, Minister of Justice and Public Safety
To access the application, interested Islanders must first register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 before November 29, 2019. The registration line is available 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Atlantic time. Completed applications must be submitted by December 13, 2019.
Communications Director, Atlantic
Canadian Red Cross
Justice and Public Safety
Government of Prince Edward Island