Islanders encouraged to prepare for hurricane season
Heavy rain, sustained winds, storm surge, flooding, and potential power outages can be expected during the Atlantic hurricane season.
Post-tropical storm Elsa is expected to pass through Prince Edward Island late Friday evening, with the greatest rainfall and wind activity occurring through the night.
“It is important that in the early days before a weather event arrives in PEI that Islanders prepare themselves and their homes as much as possible. We’ve learned from Dorian and Teddy that being prepared is the best defence during extreme weather events.”
- Justice and Public Safety Minister Bloyce Thompson
Throughout this week, the PEI Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has been actively monitoring Elsa’s track as it travels towards Prince Edward Island. EMO has also engaged with the Canadian Hurricane Centre to provide government departments, municipalities, community organizations and agency partners with the latest information to help everyone prepare for potential impacts.
Islanders and visitors are encouraged to review their own preparedness plans before every weather event.
Helpful reminders include:
- making a household emergency plan to help everyone know what to do in case of emergency;
- updating your preparedness kits, including extra food, pet supplies, water, masks and hand sanitizer for five days;
- bringing in or tying down furniture, play equipment, barbeques or anything that can become projectiles in high winds;
- ensuring adequate fuel supplies;
- replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; and
- keeping up with the latest information from reliable sources.
Department of Justice and Public Safety
The PEI Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is responsible to coordinate and manage emergency management activities for the Province.
EMO works closely across government departments, communities and partner agencies to coordinate disaster recovery efforts.
Upgraded Emergency Preparedness Kit supplies include:
- Extra masks and hand sanitizer
- Plastic sheet and duct tape for sheltering in place
- At least 2 litres of water per person per day for 3 to 5 days
- At least 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener
- Moist towelettes, tissue, toilet paper, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation needs
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
- Cash (small bills, ideally up to $200)
- Flashlight, whistle, first aid kit and dust mask to help filter contaminated air.
- Wrench or plier to turn off utilities.
- Printed list of contact names and phone numbers