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June 24, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert likely for Saturday, June 25
  
Based on forecasted weather conditions, an Extreme Heat Alert will likely be
declared tomorrow, June 25, by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of
Health.

Dr. McKeown urged residents to take precautions while having summer fun. "There
will be a lot of outdoor festivities this weekend, such as Pride Week events,
and everyone should play safely."

The Extreme Heat Alert will be announced early Saturday morning following
consultation with Environment Canada. An Extreme Heat Alert is declared when
there is a period of sustained, excessively hot weather and the likelihood of
weather-related death exceeds 90 per cent.

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 libraries
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car

During an Extreme Heat Alert, four cooling centres are open for those needing
relief:
  • Metro Hall, 55 John St. ( John and King)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (Coxwell and Mortimer)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnamthorpe and Hwy 427)
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (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.

Those in need of assistance during an Extreme Heat Alert may call the Red Cross
Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more
information on Toronto's Hot Weather Response Plan visit
http://www.toronto.ca/health.

Media Contacts:
Marco Vittiglio
Toronto Public Health
416-896-2250

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

Joanna King
Canadian Red Cross
(pager) 416-329-3865

For information about the cooling centres:
call Elaine Smyer
Manager,
Emergency Planning, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (pager)
416-714-2730



 

 

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