Good Monday Evening PEI – Here’s all the very latest regarding the Hurricane Fiona cleanup as of 9:00PM AST.
– Officials have been actively working to assess schools and the surrounding infrastructure. Montague Regional High School and Parkdale Elementary will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4.
– The following schools will remain closed Tuesday:
– Donagh Regional
– Prince Street Elementary
– Queen Charlotte Intermediate
– St. Jean Elementary
– West Kent Elementary
– Cardigan Consolidated – students will resume classes on Wednesday, October 5, in a temporary location within Montague Regional High School
– École Évangéline – classes are being relocated to L’Exposition Agricole et le Festival Acadien grounds, start date yet to be announced.
-The website PrinceEdwardIsland.ca/FionaSchoolStatus will be updated throughout the day on Monday as more school are confirmed ready to open.
-The PEI School Food Program resumed food service on Monday. Since Friday, October 7 is now an instructional day, and no meal orders were previously placed for this day, the PEI School Food Program will automatically be repeating Friday, September 23 meal orders for island students.
– Maritime Electric is working alongside road crews to assess and repair damages. There are currently +/- 14,000 customers without service. For the latest information or to report an outage, visit MaritimeElectric.com or call 1-800-670-1012.
– The following link provides a restoration estimate as of Monday, October 3, for customers in communities who do not have individual issues such as damaged masts. These estimates are based on current assessments, and are pending no further complications or emergencies: https://www.maritimeelectric.com/about-us/messages-for-our-customers/hurricane-fiona-update-to-our-customers/
– Do not attempt to remove trees either close to or directly on power lines.
– Stay away from all power lines for your own safety, and so crews can do their work as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.
– Any resident needing temporary emergency shelter can call 2-1-1 to be connected to the Shelter Support Line, or call them directly from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days of the week at 1-833-220-4722.
– Residents can also seek temporary disaster shelter directly at the Murchison Centre (17 St Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown). No pre-registration is required.
– Anyone with transportation needs can call 1-833-335-0543, leave a voicemail, and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) will make those arrangements.
GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND DEBRIS REMOVAL
– Islanders who need help cutting fallen trees on their property or moving large debris curbside because it is a safety hazard can call 1-833-734-1873 or any Access PEI location to have their name put on a list for assistance. Islanders can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a webform. Debris removal will start once the demand for road clearing and clean-up efforts has reduced.
– Government is deferring all loan payments with clients of Finance PEI, Island Investment Development Inc., and PEI Century Fund for the month of October due to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona.
– The Province is granting a 30-day grace period on all driver’s licenses and motor vehicle registrations expiring. Additionally, motor vehicle registration can be done online.
HEALTH AND SAEFTY
– Islanders are asked to expect longer than normal wait times for treatment in Emergency Departments. PEI’s health care system continues to face challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada-wide issues with staffing shortages. These issues are compounded by the difficulties of bringing health services back online after storm damage and power outages created by Fiona.
– Make sure stoves and other fire hazards are turned off, so they do not pose a fire risk when the power is turned on.
– Slow down on the roadways and keep a safe and respectful distance from all working crews and areas where power is not yet restored. Remember to treat non-working traffic signals as a four way stop.
– Barbeques and cooking appliances are not to be used indoors and this includes garages and balconies.
– Generators must be used outdoors and away from any building openings.
EMERGENCY JOBS INITIATIVE
– Government is launching the Emergency Jobs Initiative Program to support businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipalities through the recovery and clean up.
– The program will provide wage subsidy funding of 100 per cent for up to 4 weeks, at a maximum of $15 per hour, for eligible groups to hire additional workers.
– To learn more details about the program and apply, visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/emergency-jobs-initiative-program
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE AND ACCESSIBILITY
– Islanders who receive regular monthly payments from provincial Social Assistance and AccessAbility Supports programs are being asked to visit their local Social Programs office to pick up their monthly cheques due to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona. Islanders who receive payments through online bank deposits will not be affected.
– Contact your Supports Coordinator with questions or concerns. Please note that there continues to be network and phone challenges. If you cannot reach your coordinator, call the Social Programs Office at 1-877-569-0546. Callers need to press 1 in order to leave a message with the Social Programs Office.
PEI GROUND SEARCH AND RESCUE UPDATE
– Effective Monday, members of the Ground Search and Rescue will also be checking in on residents in areas where power has not yet been restored Monday through Friday during their operating hours.
– Anyone who would like to have members of GSAR check on a loved one can do so by calling 1-833-796-0642 or submitting a request by email email@example.com.
– Frost Advisory tonight. Low plus 4 except zero in low lying areas. Sunny and High 16 Tuesday.
GOVERNMENT WAGE SUBSIDY
– The province is launching the Wage Rebate for Impacted Workers. This program provides a 100 percent wage rebate for businesses while closed due to power outages or significant physical damage making operating and earning revenue impossible.
– For the next two weeks, this wage rebate program will allow employers to pay their employees up to a maximum of $25 per hour to a max of $1000 per week per employee. Employers will be to apply and make claims for the program starting this week.
ISLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT
– Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) re-opened all its Waste Watch Drop-Off Centres Thursday. The corporation will be waiving drop-off fees for clients disposing of food spoiled due to the power outages.
– IWMC curb side collections resumed on Thursday to all accessible areas. Islanders can expect collections on their regularly scheduled pick-up day. Seasonal and extended seasonal cottages will need to bring carts to the closest main road for collection. Collection drivers will do their best to collect but some properties may not be collected due to low handing wires or trees and impassable roads.
– Additionally, the Province of Prince Edward Island has partnered with private landowners to open debris pits for disposal of fallen trees and branches.