City of Edmonton starts extreme weather response

The city started its extreme weather response at 8 a.m. on Tuesday to keep vulnerable Edmontontians safe durign this cold snap.

This extreme weather response is expected to remain in place until Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. 

The response is triggered when the wind chill makes the temperature feel like -20 C for at least three consecutive nights, and shelter utilization rates are over 90 per cent. 

The extreme weather response includes transit, expanded overnight shelter, day services and warming buses. 

Dedicated overnight Edmonton Transit Service bus routes to take people to shelters between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. ETS will stop at all bus stops to pick up anyone waiting when the weather is -20 C and below with the wind chill. 

Al Rashid Mosque (13070-113 Street) is offering 75 overnight spaces to shelter people during the extreme weather response.

Bissell Centre will operate its community space seven days a week, 10 hours a day (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), where people can access supports like laundry, showers, meals, Indigenous cultural supports, mental health resources and housing resources.

Boyle Street Community Services will operate its community centre seven days a week, 11 hours a day (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.), where people can access housing supports, Indigenous cultural supports and showers.

The Winter Warming Bus, operated by Boyle Street Community Services, is offering food, winter clothing, blankets and transportation to warming centres and shelters. 

The Encampment Response Team will also be conducting wellness checks. 

All Edmonton Public Library locations and recreation facilities will be open to the public for warming purposes during regular operating hours.

If Edmontonians notice someone suffering from hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, drowsiness or exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, or slurred speech; or unconscious), they should call 911 for someone in serious distress or in cases of emergency or call 211 and press 3 for 24/7 Crisis Diversion non-emergency support for shelter, intoxication and mental health.

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