Resiliency is our ability to cope with change. Climate resiliency is how well we adapt in response to climate conditions now and in the future. After that recent power outage caused by an unusual April ice storm, you may be wondering what you yourself should be doing to be ready. Humans have made this mess. Now how do we deal with it?
Here are a few web sites that have expert advice:
- City of Ottawa emergency preparedness
- Canadian Red Cross emergency preparedness
- Hydro Ottawa Emergency Preparedness
All these emergency experts recommend that you be prepared for at least three days, and they have similar lists of supplies to have ready. The Red Cross offers an emergency kit you can purchase.
Your insurance provider may also have suggestions, offering discounts for things like back-up sump pumps or sewage back-up valves. Check your policy for ideas.
It’s also a good idea to subscribe to the Bay Ward Bulletin for local emergency information, such as where to recharge your phone or get warm during a power outage. In fact, receiving the Bay Ward Bulletin is a good idea even when there is no emergency! It’s a useful source of information about our neighbourhood.
You can find out more about Ottawa’s city-wide plan for climate resiliency here.