Article by: Chris Winter, Green Parkdale-High Park
Massive power failures do happen and it’s often a result of extreme weather. Here’s five things we can do to be ready, in our homes and in our community.
1. BE PREPARED
Have an emergency kit or emergency supplies in your home such as flashlights, blankets, a first aid kit, emergency contact information, safety candles, water and a camping stove (for outdoor use).
2. HAVE BACKUP POWER
Invest in a small generator or battery storage to provide electricity to essential items, like a fridge in summer heat or the electric fan that keeps your furnace running in the winter.
3. KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY
Look out for those around you who may need help in an emergency. Also, know where emergency shelters are in the community, in case you need to leave your home.
Volunteering with community organizations is a great way to help build a stronger community. In times of crisis, these organizations and their volunteers can play a key role in helping people in need.
Draft a community readiness plan, to identify and support groups that can provide emergency services and to build a volunteer network. Preparing for the worst should also help us build our ongoing community services.
SAVE THE DATE: NO POWER FOR THE HOUR
Show your support for being climate ready! Join us for the Annual Earth Hour Walk on March 24th, at 8:30. Two walks, one in Parkdale and one down Roncesvalles, meet at the Queensway. Please see www.greenparkdale.org/blog for details. For more information, see the City of Toronto Emergency Preparedness web page www.toronto.ca/community-people/ public-safety-alerts/emergency-preparedness