Edmonton

City of Edmonton activates its extreme weather response to keep vulnerable people safe during hot weather expected over the next several days


News Release

Extreme weather response activated

The City of Edmonton has activated its extreme weather response to keep vulnerable people safe during the hot weather expected over the next several days. The activation went into effect at 8 a.m. this morning and will end at 8 a.m. Monday, August 22, with flexibility to extend if the forecast changes. 

During a response to extreme heat in Edmonton, helping people avoid dehydration is increasingly important. Providing access to drinking water and cool places for respite are keys to the City’s extreme weather response.

The activation includes:

Peace Officers will carry water bottles for distribution to vulnerable people that they meet.

Anyone needing a break from the heat may go to an open City facility or library. The following spaces have planned to offer access and bottled water:

Kinsmen Sports Centre

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre

Clareview Community Recreation Centre

Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre

The Meadows Community Recreation Centre

Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre

The Orange Hub

Mill Woods Recreation Centre

Some facilities do not have enough indoor space to accommodate people inside, but have still planned to provide bottled water. These include:

Fred Broadstock pool

Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool

Oliver outdoor pool

Borden Natural Swimming Pool

Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre

Jasper Place Leisure Centre

Muttart Conservatory

Edmonton Valley Zoo

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Fifteen fire hydrants have been modified as water bottle filling stations. Edmontonians needing water can go to one of the water bottle filling stations at the following locations:

Downtown

Central McDougall and Queen Mary Park (109 Ave and 107 St)

Kinistinaw Park (102 Ave and 96 St)

Boyle Street Community Services (105 Ave and 102 St)

Bissell Centre (96 St and 105 Ave)

Sheriff Robertson Park (82 Street and 112 Ave)

Paul Kane park area (103 Ave and between 122 & 123 St)


West 

Butler Park

Callingwood park


South

McIntyre Park/Old Strathcona Farmers Market

Millwoods Transit Station


North/Northeast

Parkdale Plaza (118 Ave and 82 St) 

Clareview Transit Station

Mosaic Centre (65 St and 132 Ave) 

Niginan Housing Ventures (12340 Fort Road) 

Beverly Heights ( 118 Ave between 43 & 44 St)

There are an additional 24 water bottle filling stations throughout LRT and Transit Centres that Edmontonians can use.

What You Can Do To Help

Extreme heat can be dangerous. Everyone should drink plenty of water even before feeling thirsty, and stay in a cool place. It is important to watch for symptoms of heat illness: 

dizziness/fainting 

nausea/vomiting 

rapid breathing and heartbeat

extreme thirst

decreased urination with unusually dark urine

lack of sweat

confusion

fainting

unconsciousness

Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle. Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

If you are concerned about someone outside in the extreme heat, you can help:

Call 211 and press 3 for the 24/7 Crisis Diversion team. They can assist with individuals who may be in distress and can provide transportation to social service agencies.

Call 911 in cases of emergency 

Sector Emergency Response

The City activated its extreme weather response after consultation with partners in the Sector Emergency Response, a collaboration between the City, Homeward Trust and more than 25 other agencies working together to ensure Edmonton’s most vulnerable people are safe during adverse weather conditions. Environment Canada’s weather forecast was also taken into consideration.

The City of Edmonton has activated its extreme weather response to keep vulnerable people safe during the hot weather expected over the next several days. The activation went into effect at 8 a.m. this morning and will end at 8 a.m. Monday, August 22, with flexibility to extend if the forecast changes. 

For more information:

edmonton.ca/extremeweather

Sector Emergency Response

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