St. Lawrence pre­pared in the event of black­out

Parish cen­tre will serve as a warm­ing cen­tre

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

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).”

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