I often think about power outages this time of year and for the most part, we have been lucky. One outage so far this year, and for me it was uncomfortable enough! I wrote in my blog earlier this month about the fun aspects of a blackout when prepared. I also reflected on senior citizens during times of outages and I DID ask the question, should there be “hot spots or drop in centers offered to those in need during this difficult time. I did get some reply via the comment section , twitter, face book and e-mail. I thank all who did take the time to respond, but there were many that this blog was sent to who did not weigh in on this serious issue.
It is my hope that this blog falls on caring ears for your community, so that community champions can emerge and get their ducks in a row to be prepared, to be proactive, not reactive when the next outage happens. It is not a case of if it will hit Newfoundland and Labrador again this year, it is when. I for one am taking measures to ensure my family will be ready this time, but for those who do not have the means, I am calling on us, as residents, next door neighbors, family or friends to start a movement to ensure no one goes cold or hungry during blackouts this winter. We have groups that could band together to help in this cause now, not when the issue arises; wouldn’t it be nice to know we were ready? To know we were prepared and that those who would be potentially in need were taken care of?
There are reports that the generation plant in Holyrood is not operating at its full capacity. If this is correct, it is a great cause for concernand even a greater reason why we need to ensure the municipal emergency plans in our communities include concessions for “Hot Spots” so those in need know where to go and know where they can be safe during outages.
Please have your say , talk to your fire departments, search and rescue groups, Salvation Army representatives and above all, your municipalities. Ask yourself, who is going to keep them warm?