An extreme heat alert has been declared for Chatham-Kent for June 15th
and June 16th
. When Environment Canada issues an extreme heat alert, daytime cooling centres will be available in multiple locations.
Municipal offices in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, Tilbury, and Wallaceburg, will offer space for people to stop in, sit, have a drink of water, and cool off during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM). Their locations can be found at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/services/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx
or call 311 to inquire.
Additionally, Employment and Social Services will offer the same service at their main office lobby located on the 1st floor of the Community Human Services Building at 435 Grand Ave., West, Chatham between 8:30AM – 4:30PM.
Hope Haven will offer services and a cooling station at their location at 183 Wellington Street West, Chatham, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM as well. Their regular hours are 10:00AM - 2:00PM, 7 days a week. Please contact the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628 if you require assistance with transportation.
James Street Drop In Centre will offer services and a cooling station at their location at 719 James Street, Wallaceburg, from 2:00 PM - 9:00PM as well. Their regular hours are 2:00PM – 6:00PM, 7 days a week. Please contact the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628 if you require assistance with transportation.
Public Libraries in Chatham-Kent offer a respite from the heat. Customers can enjoy free internet use and time to browse our collections as an escape from the heat. For information on their locations and open hours see: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/library/Pages/default.aspx
Anyone can be affected by extreme warm-related weather conditions, depending on length of time of exposure to heat and exertion levels. Those especially at risk include:
- older adults over the age of 65
- infants and young children
- outdoor workers
- homeless persons, and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food
During extreme warm weather, residents are encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbours who may be at risk, and keep pets inside. For more information, see https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on16
Anyone experiencing homelessness should call the homeless response line at 519-354-6628 (24/7).