Monday, October 29, 2012

Where do the homeless go in an emergency?

As people are flocking to the banks and grocery stores in preparation for our expected dumping from Hurricane Sandy, there's an entire population of folks who don't even have basic shelter over their heads, must less funds for emergency food, blankets or other necessities.

I was shocked to say the least, as I started calling local shelters and emergency management hotlines this afternoon trying to find places for some of my homeless friends to sleep tonight. There seem to be very few plans in place for what to do in cases of extreme weather when the Out of the Cold shelters aren't open yet.

Come on Region of Waterloo, as many good people as there are out there helping these folks on the front lines, we can't do it alone.

It's time to make sure we have emergency plans in place for all citizens, not just the housed.

**Thankfully, we were able to find shelter for every single person that we were helping today. Some are with family and some are in shelters. It pains me to think of where they'd have been if our team wasn't patrolling the streets to make sure everyone had a safe place to go to weather out the storm.**

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