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June 10, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert declared, cooling centres open
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has upgraded yesterday’
s heat alert to an Extreme Heat Alert for today, June 10.

An extreme heat alert is declared when there is a period of sustained,
excessively hot weather and the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds
90 per cent.

During an extreme heat alert four cooling centres are open for those needing
relief from the heat:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John Street (John and King)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue (Coxwell and Mortimer)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe and Hwy 427)
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (Yonge and Sheppard).

Metro Hall will be open 24-hours while the three civic centres will operate
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Homeless shelters will allow people to stay inside
during the day to keep cool.

More than 1,000 community partners are on alert to monitor and assist
vulnerable populations such as elderly and homeless people and to distribute
bottled water to these populations.

The public is advised to "Beat the Heat" by taking these precautions:
  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car.

For more information on Toronto’s Hot Weather Response Plan visit our Web site

Media contacts:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health

Dean Shaddock
Toronto Emergency Medical Services
416-370-9866 (pager)

Joanna King
Canadian Red Cross
416-480-0195 ext 2253

For information about the cooling centres:

Elaine Smyer
Emergency Planning, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
416-714-2730 (pager)



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