By now, everyone has heard about the thousands of travellers who spent 16 hours trapped on the highway, at the Cobequid Pass in northern Nova Scotia, during the storm Wednesday night.
About "the couple who walked up and down a seemingly endless line of transport trucks, vans and cars, offering bottled water and some of their other goodies they had picked up on a shopping trip to Halifax."
Last night we were dumped on again. I’m 1.7metres tall the snow drifts in my driveway are up to my hips, Robin’s legs are 20cm long; I had to shovel a path so she could pee.
This time of year, we begin to hear of those on fixed or low incomes who are unable to heat their homes because of the high cost of heating oil. There are news storys about people who opt to eat rather than heat and vice versa.
In this province, the Nova Scotia Government has a Heating Assistance Rebate Program for those who qualify and they contribute to the Salvation Army Good Neighbour Program. NS Power also supports this program and give their customers the option to contribute to the Good Neighbour Program fund as well. The Canadian Oil and Heat Association will donate 70,000 litres of heating fuel to The Salvation Army in the Share the Fuel program in Nova Scotia this winter.
Many cities in Canada have a Cold Weather Alert program.
"A Cold Weather Alert is a short-term, emergency response, which remains in effect for the duration of the extreme weather conditions. An alert is called when Environment Canada forecasts one of the following:
- a low of -15ºC without wind chill
- a wind chill advisory for outdoor activity
- extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm
The Cold Weather Alert prompts shelters to make extra spaces available for the night, and to relax curfews and service restrictions. Street outreach services, volunteer organizations, and other agencies that provide homeless services are also alerted. These groups notify homeless people about the extreme weather conditions, and the services available to them, and may provide emergency transportation to reach these services and shelters."
On November 22, 2008, The Salvation Army and Taxi Canada, a national advertising firm, will launch the 15 Below project that will protect the homeless from the risks of frostbite and hypothermia this winter.
In the UK, a very cute idea which helps to bring attention and support to the very serious issue of the elderly in the UK who cannot afford to heat their homes.The Big Knit project was begun in 2003 to raise funds for Age Concern to support older people in the winter months.
"It's a really sad and largely unknown fact that almost 25,000 older people died of cold-related illnesses in the UK last winter."
How do you keep warm in the winter?
Three cats, a little dog and a stash of vintage wool blankets keep us warm on the East Coast.