City be­ing proac­tive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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