New Program Brings 'Lighthouses' to Brampton

 

The city of Brampton is looking to make the community a little safer in the event of an emergency.

This Sunday, May 5, marks the beginning of Emergency Preparedness Week. In this spirit of the week, the city plans to launch the Lighthouse Program.

The Lighthouse Program is a new initiative where a number of faith-based organizations will offer their facilities as places of refuge during times of citywide emergency.

The goal is to create a network of "lighthouses" throughout the city. These safe havens will be accessible by all members of the community, regardless of their belief system, during times of wide-scale emergency.

The facilities will be hosting open-houses throughout Emergency Preparedness Week, giving residents an opportunity to visit and learn more about the program and its benefits.

The plan is for the Lighthouse Program boost Brampton's emergency preparedness and response mechanism, particularly at a time when natural disasters, such as floods and storms, are on the rise.

"The Lighthouse Program is an inspiring example that shows how faith-based organizations in Brampton are coming together to help all members of the community during times of emergency," says Mayor Patrick Brown.

"Brampton is a mosaic of beliefs and cultures, and all have a part to play in the safety and wellbeing of the city. I encourage more faith-based organizations to join this crucial community initiative, and urge residents to learn more about the program."

So far four faith-based organizations have signed to participate as "lighthouses". There are approximately 90 faith-based facilities in Brampton, and all are invited to participate in the Lighthouse Program by contacting the Lighthouse Program team at the City of Brampton.

You can learn more details on the Lighthouse Program, including the schedule of open house events at "lighthouses" in your neighbourhood, at brampton.ca/lighthouseprogram.

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