Grant to monitor watershed emergencies

Update 2:32 p.m. Monday: Story is updated to add money for North Glengarry.

FINCH – The South Nation Conservation Authority is getting a provincial grant to do drone surveillance during emergencies.

Local MPP Nolan Quinn announced $32,775 for SNCA on Friday.

Sandra Mancini, the authority’s managing director of natural hazards, says it will allow them to monitor hazardous events using drone technology.

The money will also be used to set up a web-based mapping site to share the information with community emergency management coordinators.

The money is part of the $5 million Ontario Community Emergency Preparedness Grant given out to 113 groups like municipalities and local service boards.

The Township of North Glengarry also received $50,000 to install a generator at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. The location will be used as a base for community emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness Week ends tomorrow (May 11).