Sep
5
2019

Islanders advised to prepare for impacts of Hurricane Dorian

Director of Public Safety Aaron Campbell and Minister Bloyce Thompson discuss storm preparations at the emergency operations centre

Hurricanes and tropical storms are violent weather systems which can change direction on short notice. Even a significantly weakened system can carry high winds, heavy rain and flooding and can cause widespread destruction.

The current track for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm passing through Prince Edward Island Saturday night into Sunday. 

“Hurricanes can cause serious damage to our Island. Thankfully, hurricanes can often be predicted a few days in advance to give us all time to prepare ourselves. The key to hurricane protection is preparation”.

- Bloyce Thompson, Minister of Justice and Public Safety

Islanders and visitors are encouraged to take steps to look after themselves and their families for at least the first 72 hours of any emergency. 

  • Make a family emergency plan, and prepare an emergency kit together. Don’t forget to plan for your pets.
  • Take in or tie down lawn chairs, barbeques, toys, etc. which can be damaged and/or become dangerous projectiles. (This includes debris, wood, etc. at construction sites).
  • Prepare for power outages. Have emergency supplies on hand, such as a battery operated or wind up radio and flashlight, water, non-perishable food, and gas up your vehicle.
  • Never go down to the water to watch the storm. Most people who are killed during hurricanes are caught in large waves, storm surges or flood waters.
  • Keep your pet inside during severe weather. Never leave a pet outside or tethered during a storm.

Download the booklet Your Emergency Preparedness Guide and use it to create your own emergency plan and 72 hour emergency kit.

Follow local media and PEI Public Safety Facebook for updates throughout the storm. 

Media contact:
Vicki Tse
Department of Justice and Public Safety
vickitse@gov.pe.ca 


Backgrounder 

Basic Emergency Kit

  • water – at least two litres of water per person per day (for three days)
  • food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods 
  • a manual can-opener 
  • crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) 
  • battery charger or power bank to recharge your mobile devices
  • first aid kit 
  • extra keys to your car and house 
  • some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills 
  • a printed copy of your emergency plan and contact information 
  • items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, 
  • food, water and medication for your pets or service animal 
  • if you have a landline, keep a corded phone in your home; cordless (landline) phones will not work during a power outage. 
     

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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