Edmonton’s excessive climate response prolonged

The City reports temperatures are expected to drop again to extreme levels next week (-20 degrees celsius with windchill).

The threshold for activating the city’s extreme weather response is a temperature of -20 degrees celsius with wind chill for at least three consecutive nights and shelter utilization rates over 90 per cent.

The current extreme weather response took effect on November 29, 2022.

A reminder on how to help vulnerable citizens:

  • Learn to recognize the signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, drowsiness or exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, or slurred speech; and a person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing.
  • Call 911 for someone in serious distress or in cases of emergency.
  • Call 211, press 3 for 24/7 Crisis Diversion non-emergency support for shelter, intoxication and mental health.
  • Our quick reference tool has steps you can take to help someone during the winter months.
  • Agencies serving people experiencing homelessness are accepting monetary donations, as well as donations of warm clothing and winter gear. For a list of places to donate, please see: https://homewardtrust.ca/sector-emergency-response/.

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