PEI EMO returns to routine monitoring
As post-tropical storm Lee has now passed the province, PEI EMO has deactivated the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) from Level 1, back to regular operations and routine monitoring.
The provincial government has reached out to neighbouring provinces who were more harshly impacted to offer assistance and support.
“While Lee spared our Island from the major impacts we have seen in the past, this serves as a good reminder that we must always stay prepared for any emergency situation, especially during hurricane season,” said Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Chair of the Major Incident Readiness Team (MIRT) Bloyce Thompson. “We feel for our neighbours in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as they continue to collect and assess the impacts, and our provincial EMO remains ready to give back to the many partner organizations that have helped us through similar weather events in previous years.”
Islanders can continue to report any damage or inquire about emergency response by contacting EMO directly through any of the resources on the webpage: Emergency Measures Organization
Hurricane season runs from June through November in Atlantic Canada. Islanders are encouraged to take the following steps when preparing for hurricanes or other emergencies by:
- making a household emergency plan so that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency;
- updating your preparedness kits, including extra food, pet supplies, water, masks and hygiene products;
- bringing in or tying down furniture, play equipment, barbeques or anything that can become projectiles in the event of high winds;
- ensuring you have fuel for generators and vehicles, as well as propane for outdoor cooking devices such as barbeques;
- replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms;
- never operating a generator or barbeque anywhere inside a home, including a garage. Best practice is to keep a generator 20 feet from the home and pointing the exhaust away from the home;
- ensuring a generator is not operating in heavy rain unless the generator has a top cover protecting the electrical system; and
- keeping up with the latest information from reliable sources such as following PEI Government, local media, and law enforcement social media channels.
Department of Justice and Public Safety & PEI’s Emergency Measures Organization