If a Dorian force storm were to strike Prince Edward Island this year, the response from provincial authorities could be quite different from what it was last year.
With the approach of the hurricane season, then that of winter storms, the Emergency Measures Organization (OMU) in the island province says it is adapting its methods to the new reality of COVID-19.
The Prince Edward Island Emergency Management Coordinator, Tanya Mullally, don’t hide it: COVID-19 adds a level of complexity to his work.
In the event of a prolonged power outage, for example, the EMO will have to provide much larger emergency shelters to allow the physical removal of the victims. The organization is considering using hotels and conference rooms, among others.
Tanya Mullally also calls on municipalities in Prince Edward Island to update their contingency plans to take into account the additional challenges associated with the pandemic.
The Chief of the Charlottetown Police Department, Paul Smith, encourages its fellow citizens to prepare in advance. He warns that due to public health guidelines, not all Islanders will be able to rush to supermarkets and hardware stores at the same time as a storm approaches.
EMO could ask people to be ready for the first five days of an emergency, instead of the first three days. The coordinator Tanya Mullally already recommends that Islanders add masks and disinfectant to their emergency kits, in addition to their water, food and battery reserves.
With information from CBC