Edmonton is back in a heat wave and preparations have begun to help the city’s vulnerable population.
Edmonton has provisions in place to deal with extremely low temperatures, but with climate change causing heat waves to become more common, the city is now considering providing support when temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius, as seen in the coming weeks. Estimated to be in
The city of Edmonton’s director of affordable housing and homelessness, Christel Kejner, said the city is taking several additional steps to help the homeless population through the heat wave.
“We successfully operated five fire hydrant water stations last year. And this year we’ve tripled that to 15 water bottling stations that are installed in high-traffic areas across the city,” she told CBC. Edmonton AM on Wednesday.
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The city has installed taps for fire hydrants to help keep people hydrated during extreme temperatures.
Kejner said they are also looking at police officers who are conducting health checks, distributing water bottles and making sure people can get transport between agencies.
All this is in addition to measures such as opening of public buildings such as recreation centers and libraries for relief from the heat.
Last summer, Alberta saw record-breaking temperatures as the heat dome covered most of the province.
During a heatwave, Edmontonians can call 911 if someone is in distress.
Kejner said people can call the city’s 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team by dialing 211 and pressing 3 for anyone who needs to be screened or if they need transportation to social service agencies.
Kejner said the city participated in emergency response committee meetings with 25 other stakeholders, including EMS, health services, police, community agencies and homeless shelters, to develop a plan.
“We meet throughout the year to identify trends, challenges and solutions to protect vulnerable Edmontonians during extreme weather,” she said.