As I mentioned, we have very elaborate emergency operations response procedures and centres. We've learned lessons from previous incidents, and that's why we have things like the 24-7 watch centre and the standing emergency response teams of highly trained consular officers who can deploy to supplement the capacity of our missions on the ground. We're learning lessons from each disaster to try to improve our flexibility and the tools we have at our disposal. Those tools came from the lessons of previous disasters.
So many category five storms in a short amount of time, and their overlapping nature, is unprecedented, so we'll be looking at that to see how we can improve our response and how we can make sure that we have a full range of tools to address some of the communications challenges when communications are down on the islands. There are always things we're going to be looking to. While this was a significant event affecting a number of Canadians, we're very fortunate that no Canadians were killed in this event. No Canadians were seriously injured. All in all, we feel fortunate that we were able to remove so many Canadians from harm's way, the many thousands who departed before the storms and the 1,700 after the storms we assisted in departing. We coordinated with others to use all the available means.
I wouldn't say necessarily that this was the most severe in terms of its impact on Canadians in terms of deaths and injuries. Certainly it was a series of storms that introduced some new dimensions to emergency response, which we are already mining for new ways to improve. Because we see that with global warming, there seems to be a trend toward more intense storms, we are working to address that.