Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response

WHAT IS Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Heat Response Plan?

The Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response (EWHR) Plan sets the framework to prevent harmful health impacts of extreme hot weather on people experiencing homelessness within the municipality of Burnaby and coordinates resources to respond.  

The EWHR Plan works in conjunction with the City of Burnaby heat response, providing additional directions and support due to the extra vulnerability of people who experience homelessness in Burnaby.

The Extreme Weather Heat Response shelters are open whenever the temperature is anticipated to reach a daytime high of 29 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days.

*** An announcement will be made by email and on our webpage and social media by 10 a.m. of the day prior to the Cooling Stations opening ***

The location of the Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response Cooling Stations operated by the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby is currently located at:

Burnaby Civic Square – at the intersection of McKay and Central – behind Bob Prittie Library at 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

Hours of operation are 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Water, cooling cloths, food, summer clothing, sunscreen, hygiene supplies,  board games, access to nurses, Outreach Workers, etc.

For more info call: 604-902-3071

The Heat Response Plan Main Objectives

The core response objectives of this EWHR during periods of extreme heat are to:

  • alert the most vulnerable that extreme heat weather conditions are either expected or currently exist so that they can take heat precautions;
  • educate both people who are homeless and the services and support they rely on to the risks of heat to the homeless population and identify actions they can take to reduce risks; and
  • identify temporary relief locations in Burnaby, and establish as needed, where people experiencing homelessness can go to cool down.

The EWHR Plan has been developed in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been drafted to follow the instructions and guidelines of the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.

The Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response Committee, on behalf of the Task Force To End Homelessness in Burnaby – working collaboratively with the City of Burnaby, Division of Family Practice, Fraser Health, Lookout Housing and Health Society, Progressive Housing and other interested parties – has the responsibility of creating Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Heat Response (EWHR) and conducting annual reviews. 

REPORTS

Download the Reports of our previous EWHR openings here:

2021