“Dorian was an eye-opening experience for Islanders and the entire province,” said Bloyce Thompson, minister of justice and public safety. “It was an extraordinary weather event not seen in recent history and I am incredibly proud of the coordinated effort the province provided Islanders.”
Calian Emergency Management Solutions was selected to provide an independent review of the provincial response to one of the most significant weather events in recent Atlantic Canadian history.
“My thanks go to the experts at Calian for this thorough independent review,” said Thompson. “The recommendations from this report will be part of our plan to build an even stronger and sustainable provincial response plan for all future events.”
Close to 300 Islanders took part in focus groups, interviews, and a bilingual survey from late February 2020 to March 2020. They provided their insights and experiences related to the provincial response to Dorian.
In its final report, Calian concluded that the Province managed a successful, well-coordinated response to post-tropical storm Dorian. Calian outlined six areas of opportunity to explore to enhance the provincial response to the next disaster event. These include: resource management, training and exercise, information management, concept of operations, business continuity, and decision centre tools.
“This last year, government has responded to a series of unusual events which includes Dorian, supply chain impacts from the rail blockades, a malware attack, and currently, COVID-19,” said Thompson. “The Emergency Measures Organization has been an active contributor throughout these events and it is clear that its role has expanded well beyond isolated weather events.”