Five years ago this week, most major office buildings were evacuated as a 9/11 precaution. Similarily, Toronto’s subway systems were given a scrupulous once-over post-London bombings earlier this summer. Now, in lieu of the New Orleans flood, Toronto may look to become better equipped to deal with like situations. Which one of these doesn’t fit?
City Councilor Norm Kelly has become the personification of globalized fears, making the statement that our emergency services are “woefully unprepared” after the New Orleans flood. Of course Norm Kelly is not worried about Lake Ontario sucking the city into its murky depths, Norm Kelly is more worried about an earthquake. An earthquake. Norm Kelly is worried about an earthquake. Give us a KitKat!
In all seriousness, terrorism, SARS and the blackout should put the GTA in a decent position to deal with emergencies. Norm Kelly-esque claims that Toronto is ill-prepared are hypothetical and most times far fetched (ie earthquake). If Toronto is in fact not prepared, the last evacuation, due to a gas leak in Mississauga in 1979, should be a good model for Norm Kelly to focus on.