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July 11, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert declared for July 11
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has upgraded yesterday’
s Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert for today, July 11.

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 percent.

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 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.

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 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:

Marco Vittiglio
Toronto Public Health

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

John Clarke
Canadian Red Cross
416-480-2500 ext. 2253

For information about the cooling centres call:

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



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