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June 28, 2005
Extreme Heat 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 28.

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 %.

This is the eleventh day a Heat Alert has been called since June 6, 2005. Six
of these have been Extreme Heat Alerts.

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 (Burnamthorpe 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. Those in need of assistance during an Extreme Heat
Alert can call the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9
a.m. and 9 p.m

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 a Heat Alert more than 1,100 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. For more information on Toronto’
s Hot Weather Response Plan visit our Web site at www.toronto.ca/health.


Media Contacts:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974

Peter Macintyre
Toronto Emergency Medical Services
416-392-2069
pager 416-390-4096

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

For information about the cooling centres call:

Bryon Clarke
Emergency Planning
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
416-392-9199
pager 416-714-2750



 

 

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