Emergency Preparations in Advance of Hurricane

Emergency Preparations in Advance of Hurricane Dorian
Posted on 09/06/2019
The City of Charlottetown Emergency Measures team continues to prepare for potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian and is urging the public to do the same.

“We want to reassure the public that extensive plans are in place both through our Emergency Measures team and the Province’s EMO team, as well as our many partners. We are as ready as we can be and continue to review various scenarios. We will communicate with the public across all of our available platforms and through the media as updates are available,” said Charlottetown Fire Chief and EMO Coordinator Randy MacDonald. “At the same time, we continue to encourage the public to prepare in advance of potential emergency by ensuring they can look after themselves and their families for at least 72-hours.”

As per the Provincial Department of Social Development and Housing announcement earlier this afternoon, overflow shelter support will open at Jack Blanchard Hall (7 Pond Street, Charlottetown) starting at noon on Saturday, September 7 to help Islanders experiencing homelessness during the potential effects of Hurricane Dorian. It will remain open until at least noon on Sunday, September 8. Further decisions will be made based on weather. Food will be provided through the Upper Room Soup Kitchen and sleeping bags and pillows will also be available. Bedford-MacDonald House will remain open 24/7 and Blooming House will open early at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Any announcements regarding the City of Charlottetown’s operations, including potential emergency shelters should they be required, will be made through local media, on the City’s website at www.charlottetown.ca/news and through social media (Twitter: @ChtownPE and Facebook: @CityofCharlottetown). City partners will also assist in disseminating information.

The Water and Sewer Utility, as well as essential City services, have back-up power. The Utility’s goal is to provide continuity of services. While a disruption is not anticipated for those on the municipal system in Charlottetown, the public is still encouraged to keep water and other supplies on hand. A 72-hour emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, a crank or battery powered flashlight and radio (and extra batteries), and a first aid kit, etc. For a detailed list, visit: getprepared.gc.ca

To report a water leak or watermain break, fire hydrant issues, sewer backup or a missing manhole covers, contact the Water and Sewer Utility at: 902-626-2100. To report a catch basin problem, downed tree, or issue with City infrastructure, contact 902-629-6916. All other emergencies should be directed to 911. For more City contacts, visit: https://www.charlottetown.ca/contact_us

Citizens are responsible for ensuring they are able to receive updates from emergency personnel, Utility crews and the municipality in an emergency. To ensure you are still able to receive updates during this time, have a device that can receive updates without an electricity source, such as a battery powered or crank radio. Citizens are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency alerts through the free Charlottetown Alert System. The public can choose to receive emergency alerts via SMS (text message), email or by phone. Sign up by visiting: www.charlottetown.ca and clicking on ‘Alert System’ under the Resident Services section. (Direct link: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736726276#/signup).