My husband and I are on the “Shirley Emergency Team.”
The power outages this week from the huge windstorm brought to our attention a glaring problem within all of the Emergency Response groups across the JDF CRD: unless you have a landline, or a special Satellite Telephone of some kind, most folks will be helpless. You will not be able to call an ambulance, fire dept, police, etc., even your neighbours![sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]To me this is a very dangerous situation considering we live in a Tsunami zone, and get the brunt of these big storms. Shirley, where I live, was without power from about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until 10:30 p.m. Thursday!! Luckily we have a large generator installed, we have a proper landline, and we have satellite — not cable TV thru Shaw. We only bundle our high-speed WIFI Internet and satellite with them.
In bringing this up, I hope to encourage Shaw and other customers of similar telephone service to urge them to provide telephone service in emergencies, or to switch to a company with a landline. While folks think they are saving money thru bundling, I know from friends the monthly costs are always going up anyway, and in the end, what price can you put on the safety of yourself, your family, and your neighbours?
-by Helene Harrison