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Nov 10 2023
After months of consultation and engagement with partners, stakeholders and Islanders, the Government of PEI has received the Fiona After-Action Review.
An After-Action Review is a regular mechanism used in emergency management to examine how all levels of government and non-government agencies responded to a specific incident and to identify areas that could be improved for the next event.
“Hurricane Fiona was one of the biggest and most severe weather events to ever hit our Province, and is something that some Islanders and local businesses continue to deal with over a year later. As we continue down the recovery process, I am very pleased that our government has actionable items that have come directly from partners, stakeholders and Islanders that can help make our province more resilient and better prepared for years to come.”
– Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Chair of the Major Incident Readiness Team (MIRT) Bloyce Thompson
The review, conducted by the Calian Group, engaged with over 140 partner and stakeholder organizations, and included a public consultation process that collected feedback from over 300 Island households. These consultations helped identify over a dozen areas of strength in the Fiona response that should be sustained moving forward, and areas for improvement across six response categories. Areas identified for improvement include:
The Department of Justice and Public Safety (JPS) has accepted the recommendations put forward in the report, and Government has already started to take action on areas for improvements. The overarching objective will be to optimize resource capabilities with all partners and stakeholders through an across-government approach, and improve prioritization in areas such as Critical Infrastructure so that all Island communities can continue to meet their needs in the next event.
“While our organization has been working to improve internally as well as with many different organizations, partners and stakeholders since Fiona on our Island’s response, we are very pleased to have additional recommendations to work with moving forward,” said Director of PEI EMO Nick Policelli. “We look forward to continuing to develop and implement an action plan so that we can continue to improve public safety and enhance resiliency for these types of emergencies.”
In anticipation of the review, Government has proactively taken measures since Fiona in ensuring communities across PEI enhance resiliency and are more adequately prepared for emergency events. Initiatives and beneficial actions taken since Hurricane Fiona include:
For more information on emergency response, including how to be better prepared for the next emergency visit: How to be Prepared for an Emergency and to read the report, visit: Post-Tropical Storm Fiona After Action Report.
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Justice and Public Safety and PEI’s Emergency Measures Organization