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Extreme weather response activated in Edmonton

Extreme weather response activated August 18, 2022
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In extreme heat conditions, drink plenty of water and stay in a cool place. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

In a statement Thursday, the City of Edmonton reports it 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