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August 4, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert extended for today
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has extended
yesterday's Extreme Heat Alert for today.

An Extreme Heat Alert is called when there is an extended period of excessively
hot weather and the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds 90 per
cent. When an Extreme Heat Alert is declared, 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

The Red Cross and Emergency Medical Services will respond to requests to check
on those who may be at risk. Those in need of assistance during an Extreme Heat
Alert may call 911 or the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615
between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

During an Extreme Heat Alert, four cooling centres are open to provide relief
from the heat:

  • 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.

The public is advised to "Beat the Heat" by taking these precautions:

  • go to places near you that are air conditioned, including shopping malls
    and libraries
  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car.

This is the 25th Heat Alert called this year -- 18 have been Extreme Heat
Alerts. For more information on Toronto's Hot Weather Response Plan visit

Media contacts:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health

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

Kathleen Killen
Canadian Red Cross
pager 416-442-1948

For information about the cooling centres call:

Elaine Smyer
Emergency Planning
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
pager 416-714-2730
cell 647-321-7823



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