Update from the City of Charlottetown

Update from the City of Charlottetown
Posted on 09/24/2022
The City of Charlottetown Emergency Measures team and EMO partners continue to monitor Hurricane Fiona's potential impacts, and will continue to keep residents informed. Staff and emergency personnel are responding as they are able, and crews are working to finalize the Reception Centres for members of the public who cannot stay inside their homes.

At this time, we are advising residents not to proceed to Reception Centres until it is deemed safe to do so. A further announcement will be made in the coming hours about the location of the Reception Centres.

From tonight until possibly Sunday, stay inside unless it is absolutely necessary, stay off the roads, and expect continuing power outages.

There are several downed trees and fallen power lines throughout the City, blocking several streets. Power outages are affecting a majority of residents. Our dispatch Centre received over a hundred calls overnight regarding downed trees and power lines. There were 26 calls to the Charlottetown Fire Department since 9 p.m. on Friday evening, and emergency personnel are triaging calls. Please note that, at this time, calls regarding public safety will be prioritized over calls regarding property damage.

Crews are doing what they can, but the majority of the cleanup work will begin once wind speeds decrease from the extreme levels we are currently experiencing.

Any announcements regarding the City of Charlottetown's operations, including the location of Reception Centres once they are opened, will be made through the City's social media pages (Twitter: @ChtownPE and Facebook: @CityofCharlottetown), on the City's website at charlottetown.ca/news and through local media.

To report a clogged catch basin, a large downed tree/branch blocking a public right of way, or issues with City infrastructure, contact Public Works at 902-894-5208 during regular business hours (after business hours, contact: 902-629-6916). All other emergencies should be directed to 911. For a complete list of departmental contacts (during and after business hours), visit charlottetown.ca/contact_us.

Citizens are responsible for ensuring they can receive updates from emergency personnel, utility crews and the municipality in an emergency. The public is encouraged to have a device that can receive updates without an electricity source, such as a battery or hand crank-powered radio.

The public is also encouraged to sign-up for emergency alerts through the free Charlottetown Alert System. The public can receive emergency alerts via SMS (text message), email or 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). Please note that this system will only be used in case of emergency.