Edmonton & Area

Edmonton activates extreme weather response to keep the vulnerable safe during expected hot weather

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EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton has activated its extreme weather response to keep vulnerable people safe during the hot weather expected in the coming days.

The extreme weather response will include the following measures:
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. Access cannot be guaranteed due to capacity limits, but 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
The Orange Hub
Mill Woods Recreation Centre
Londonderry Fitness and Leisure 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
Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre
Muttart Conservatory
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Jasper Place Leisure Centre
Hardisty Fitness and Leisure Centre
O’Leary Fitness and Leisure Centre

Activation of River Valley park fountains has been started. In addition, Edmontonians needing water can also go to one of the water bottle filling stations that attach to fire hydrants. Water bottle filling stations give 24/7 access to fresh water.

The water bottle filling stations are at:
Giovanni Caboto Park at 109 avenue and 94 street,
Michael Phair Park at 104 street, north of Jasper Avenue,
Parkdale Square Shopping Complex at 118 avenue east of 82 street,
Butler Memorial Park at 100A avenue and 158 street, and
Strathcona Farmers’ Market at 83 avenue, east of 104 street.

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:
rapid breathing and heartbeat
extreme thirst
decreased urination with unusually dark urine
lack of sweat

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 extreme weather response will remain in effect until the heat dies down.