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Greater Sudbury

City Enhances Extreme Cold Weather Alert Program

Released Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012

City Council has enhanced the Extreme Weather Alert Program to assist those who are vulnerable in the City. The program will now include daily temperatures expected to reach minus 20 degrees Celsius with a wind chill, in addition to the current minus 15 standard. Using 2011 temperatures, an analysis predicts the program enhancement may result in a 30 per cent increase in the number of days eligible for the Extreme Cold Weather Alert.

The Extreme Cold Weather Alert is a short-term emergency response to alert shelters and social service agencies to increase drop-in centre hours and outreach services during periods of intense cold. An alert is typically called around 11:00 am and remains in effect for 24 hours after it is issued. The public is advised along with police, social services and community agencies in an effort to encourage people on the street, along with those who may be at risk due to low temperatures in their home, to voluntarily access shelters and services.

During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, L'Association des jeunes de la rue will provide overnight outreach services to make contact with people on the street and transport individuals who wish to access shelter. They are also equipped with warm outerwear, blankets and coffee for those who choose not to access the shelters. The Elgin Street Mission becomes the city's official warming station, and keeps its doors open 24 hours when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued.  Hot meals, showers, and winter clothing are also provided for those in need. 

The program runs from November 1 to March 31 each year and is provided by the Homelessness Network in partnership with the Elgin Street Mission, l'Association des jeunes de la rue and the City of Greater Sudbury.

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Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
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