St. Lawrence prepared in the event of blackout
Parish centre will serve as a warming centre
This winter residents of St. Lawrence won’t be left in the dark in the event of a blackout.
Mayor Paul Pike said upgrades were done to the Roman Catholic Parish Centre this past spring so that it can be used as a warming centre.
“The town purchased a generator and the links that are required to hook in the generator,” he explained.
“The plan is that if the power is gone for an extended period of time, this becomes a warming centre.”
The power provided by the generator will operate two furnaces, as well as kitchen appliances such as stoves and refrigerators for approximately one week.
Pike added that the centre will be operated by a group from the town including members of the St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department and the town’s Emergency Measures Committee.
“( They) will go and pick up people ( from) their homes if they require transportation bring them to the warming centre,” he said.
The centre will also be able to offer residents overnight accommodations, as well as hot meals.
In the past alternative arrangements have been made. “The last time we had an extended power outage we used the lobby of the hospital,” said Pike, “but that wasn’t adequate to meet the needs that we required with regards to if we had to house a large number of people.”
Pike explained that the building needed.
The building will be open to all members of the community in the event of an emergency with plans put into place to help residents that may require it.
“The building will be open to all,” said Pike. “( For) the sick and the elderly we have a plan in place to remove them from their homes, if they require assistance and to transport them (to the hall).”