We respond to both extreme cold and extreme heat warnings. The Extreme Weather Response shelters are open whenever the temperature drops below 0 degrees (or feels like 0 degrees) during the night OR whenever the temperature is anticipated to reach a daytime high of 29 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days.
The Cold EWR provides for sheltering spaces to be made available overnight when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to people who experience homelessness. It operates between October 15 and March 31 or whenever extreme weather occurs.
Alerts are called on a daily basis with notices distributed widely for posting – e.g., with emergency services, hospitals, clinics, government services, in Burnaby public libraries, community centres, churches and at the offices of social service agencies. Alerts are called jointly by the operator (Lookout) and Task Force. Oversight is by the Extreme Weather Response Work Group, a committee of the Task Force To End Homelessness in Burnaby.
People receive food and a safe warm dry place to sleep and referrals to needed services.
Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Response is greatly assisted by the donations of the faith community who provide nutritious food and supplies as well as location for the shelter and volunteer support.
Volunteers and assistance are always welcome. From setting up or taking down the space, to serving food there are a variety of tasks that we need help with.
If you want to help with this initiative, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For media requests please contact Dave Brown (778) 389-4044
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EXTREME WEATHER COLD RESPONSE
Extreme weather is defined as conditions deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons such as:
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.
The Extreme Weather Heat Response outdoor cooling sites are opened whenever the temperature is likely to reach a daytime high of 29 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days.
*** An alert will be given by email and on our webpage and social media by 11 am of the day prior to the outdoor Cooling Sites 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
Kensington Park (Frances Street & Fell Ave)
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:
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.
July 30 – August 4, 2021 – 6-day heat wave