As members of the Algoma Power Inc.(API) team continue to assist in recovery efforts in devastated Turks and Caicos, it’s a stark reminder of how a proper disaster plan helps with the emergency response.
While no amount of planning may prevent the destruction from hurricanes like Irma, here in Ontario we can take steps to reduce risks from storms or high winds that fell trees causing power outages, potential fires and injuries.
API created a Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) to help reduce those risks. The plan is based on research from experts in the field and designed to protect the public, workers and to comply with our legal obligation to preserve our distribution system.
“We understand that the removal of trees can be inconvenient and disappointing for land owners which is why we work with residents though
Notification letters, phone calls and visits to land owners can be part of the process. API also hosts town hall meetings. API staff met this month with local Goulais residents to discuss its VMP.
“It was an opportunity to explain our vegetation plan but more importantly we wanted to hear from land owners and answer their questions,“ added Rose. Staff also explained that it is important that the VPM process be applied consistently to all residents
“We also wanted to stress that, unless regulations change, API has no intention, at this time, of increasing the current standard clearance width.”
Town meetings will continue in the future and the public can learn more about the VMP and the “Right Tree, Right Place” for their property. Visit www.algomapower.com/about/index.aspx?l=0,1,5,161