Ku­dos to city for shel­ters

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Re: a re­cent front-page item in The Guardian (“Tak­ing shape”, Jan. 14th), it is en­cour­ag­ing to see that the City of Char­lot­te­town is fi­nally plan­ning to have shel­ters avail­able dur­ing ex­tended power out­ages. It is some­thing that should have been in place long ago. A crit­i­cal part of that plan is an ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem to in­form those in need when ex­tended power out­ages oc­cur. Ex­treme weather events that re­sult in power out­ages of­ten hap­pen overnight or on week­ends when an­nounce­ments of this na­ture are not al­ways pos­si­ble via lo­cal me­dia - i.e ra­dio sta­tions and tele­vi­sion. While it is fash­ion­able th­ese days to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia, not ev­ery­one has ac­cess, es­pe­cially those most vul­ner­a­ble: se­niors, those who are dis­abled or dis­ad­van­taged, etc. In fact, a plan such as this should be in place in other towns and com­mu­ni­ties across the en­tire Is­land. David MacCal­lum Char­lot­te­town

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