Government appreciates the patience of Islanders as PEI Emergency Measures Organization, along with our emergency response partners, focus on life safety in the first week of storm response.
“We thank the emergency responders who have been fighting fires and saving lives, and government is focusing efforts on helping the most vulnerable. Utility workers have been working extremely hard to restore power for Islanders. We realize how difficult it is to be without power for any amount of time, and we appreciate the patience of Islanders as we work to return to normal life.”
- Tanya Mullally, Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
This week’s focus includes key actions and safety advice from several government departments.
If you don’t have power yet, make sure that stoves and space heaters are turned off. Remember to keep safety in mind when operating generators. Generators should only be used outdoors in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
During an extended power outage, food that is not still frozen or refrigerated, such as meat, must be thrown out. Spoiled food can be thrown in the black bin, unwrapped, or dropped off at IWMC for free. Get rid of spoiled food. Wash hands carefully after dealing with spoiled food. Clean any surfaces that come into contact with spoiled food.
Provincial road crews have been working to clear storm debris from Island roads in order to ensure emergency responders – and all Islanders - can get where they need to go. Provincial forestry crew are assisting in clearing the way for Maritime Electric to get where they need to go to restore power.
Provincial road crews will be assisting IWMC in curbside debris pick-up. Place debris near the curb and it will be picked up in the coming weeks. Debris can also be dropped off at IWMC for free.
“Government road crews, forestry crews, IWMC and many others continue to answer the call to help Islanders in need. Municipalities have also been doing crucial work in leading storm response and recovery in their communities, assisting with clean-up and providing reception centres based on local need,” said Mullally.
Starting 9am on Saturday, September 14, Islanders needing information on storm recovery can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582. This includes safety advice, connecting with appropriate government and community programs, and other storm response help.
As power gets restored, government will be shifting focus to helping Islanders address some of the other challenges involved in storm recovery, including long-term economic recovery. More updates will be provided in the coming days.