Sitansisk Band Administration, Public Works, Emergency Measures Office, Health Centre, Retail Sales, and Leadership met this morning to finalize emergency planning for the potential impacts of Hurricane Lee, which is currently approaching Sitansisk. Directors of all departments have coordinated to protect critical areas and address issues such as power outages for medical clients who rely on electrical aids, evacuation routes in the event of flooding, and distribution of food, water, and fuel as needed in the event of a prolonged disruption to power.
Leadership and EMO will remain in contact utilizing radios in the event of a cell tower failure and have requested NB Power prioritize our community for restoration in the event of an outage due to the high number of seniors and medical clients.
The EMO Team is on standby, with an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) designated and shifts covered by appointed members of staff should the need arise. An Incident Action Plan has been distributed to key members of the teams and provides guidance on how to proceed in the event of a severe outage or hazardous winds.
Members are encouraged to check the status of their emergency readiness kits and should ensure they have at least a 72-hour supply of water, medicine, food, diapers, and essentials such as first aid kits, candles, flashlights, and batteries.
Additionally, Public Works has advised members to bring trash and recycling bins close to the home to avoid winds tipping or relocating them, same as any other loose items.
Additional communications will be released daily until the storm has passed and the situation has restored to normal. These notices will be released on the community website and social media and will be posted at the Maqiyahtimok Centre and Two Nations One Stop.
Woliwon for your cooperation,
Sitansisk EMO and Band Administration