Extreme cold weather alert extended through Sunday|
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Toronto's Hostel Services has extended the first extreme cold weather alert of
the 2003-2004 winter season to help get homeless people in from the cold. The
current alert, which began yesterday and was to continue through today, has now
been extended to include Friday, January 9, Saturday, January 10, and Sunday,
January 11, 2004.
An alert goes into effect when Environment Canada:
Under the alert the
- predicts a
temperature of -15 C or lower, without wind chill
- issues a wind chill
warning for outdoor activity for people in the Toronto area
- predicts extreme
weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.
following extra services are available to help homeless people:
The Street Helpline
additional emergency sleeping spaces in Toronto shelters
- enhanced street
outreach services, including emergency transportation to shelters, provided by
Anishnawbe , Red Cross, Native Men's Residence and St. John
- distribution of TTC tickets through drop-in centres and outreach
agencies to help homeless people reach shelters.
service at 1-866-392-3777 also operates 24 hours a day to let homeless people
and front-line workers know where to find shelter and other services. Members
of the public can also call this number if they see a homeless person sleeping
A team works throughout the winter to monitor weather conditions on the street.
Team members include representatives from Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support,
Toronto Public Health, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, the Canadian Red
Cross Society, Native Men's Residence, Anishnawbe Health Toronto, St. John
Ambulance, Community Information Toronto, Street Helpline and the Toronto
More information about the cold alert program and Toronto services for homeless
persons is available on the Web at http://www.toronto.ca/coldweatheralert.
Manager, Emergency Planning, Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support,
416-397-1384; after hours 416-714-2730
Partnership Development, Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support,
Manager, Communication, Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services,
416-392-8386; pager 416-328-4402