Extreme cold weather alert extended|
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Toronto Hostel Services has extended the extreme cold weather alert that was
issued on Monday, January 17, 2005 until Friday, January 21 at noon.
An alert goes into effect when Environment Canada:
- predicts a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower, without wind chill
- issues a wind chill warning for outdoor activity for people in the Toronto
- predicts extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.
Under the alert, the following extra services are available to help homeless
- 97 additional emergency sleeping spaces in Toronto shelters
- enhanced street outreach services, including emergency transportation to
shelters, provided by Anishnawbe Health, Red Cross, Native Men's Residence and
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
- distribution of emergency TTC tickets through drop-in centres and outreach
agencies to help homeless people reach shelters.
The Street Helpline service at 1-866-392-3777 also operates 24 hours a day to
let homeless people and front-line workers know where to find shelter and other
services. Members of the public can call this number if they see a homeless
person sleeping outside.
For more information, visit the City's Web site at www.toronto.ca/coldweath
Elaine Smyer, Emergency Planning, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-397-1384; after hours 416-714-2730
Cynthia Ross, Partnership Development, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-392-0546; cell 416-435-3838