City being proactive
The City of Charlottetown is being pro-active by making plans for a series of emergency shelters to offer sanctuary to thousands of residents in the event of a prolonged power outage. An all-day outage last fall affected some areas of the city and left seniors and others shivering in cold and darkness for over 15 hours. It demonstrated the city was falling behind in preparedness or offering emergency services to citizens.
Now the city is planning to spend upwards of $4 million to provide generators for 13 schools in the city so that citizens can be offered shelter in their neighborhoods in the event of lengthy outages.
The generators would be valuable to the schools as well should students ever be stranded there in emergency situations. A memorandum of understanding is being drawn up between school board and city to clarify details.
It’s gratifying to see that emergency planning is well underway in this era of sudden, violent storms that are occurring more often as the result of climate change.