The Lighthouse Program allows members of the community to seek refuge within the premises of participating faith-based organizations – “lighthouses” – during times of community-wide emergencies in Brampton.
Why is this important now?
Incidents such as fire, floods, storms and tornadoes are on the rise. It is the responsibility of every resident to learn how they can best prepare themselves and their loved ones for such emergencies.
A citywide emergency may affect essential services such as water, power, heating, phone lines, transit, food and medical access. Depending on the severity of the incident, the City’s ability to provide emergency assistance may also be impacted.
At such times, you and your loved ones may need to move to a safe location away from your home. Facilities like libraries or recreation centres can serve as emergency shelters and are often better equipped to provide you with essential services and support.
Now, under the Lighthouse Program, certain faith-based facilities have agreed to open their doors to offer refuge to people during emergencies. These places will serve as public safe places, welcoming anyone in need of assistance, of any faith or personal belief system. Every faith-based facility participating in the program is a lighthouse.