Extreme Weather Alert in place from January 11th – 15th
The City of Vancouver has issued an Extreme weather alert in response to plunging temperatures over the next few days. Here are some tips on staying warm and safe:
- If you must go out on windy, cold, or damp days, don’t stay outside for long.
- Let others know when you’re planning to spend time outdoors and carry a fully charged mobile phone.
- Keep warm blankets and extra cold-weather clothing in your car.
- Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves or mittens to prevent loss of body heat.
- Wear warm and loose layers of clothing. The air between the layers helps to keep you warm.
- Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it’s snowy or rainy.
- Change out of damp or wet clothes as soon as you can.
- Drink warm beverages and eat warm food. Avoid over-consumption of alcohol and caffeine to retain body temperature.
West End and Nearby Warming Centers:
Warming centres are in addition to extreme weather response shelters. While they are not set up with beds or mats, they provide a safe, warm space for people who might be living outside or do not have access to indoor heating:
West End Community Center – 870 Denman St
Open 11 PM to 6 AM, All are welcome.
Odd Fellows Hall – 1443 W 8th Ave
Open 9:30 PM to 8:30 AM, All are welcome
Chinatown Peace Church – 375 E Pender St
Open 9:30 PM to 7:30 AM, All are welcome.
Unless otherwise stated, Barclay Manor will be open during regular operating hours for the duration of the Extreme Weather Alert. All are welcome to seek warmth and assistance.
Tips to prevent slips and falls:
- Plan ahead so you have enough time to get where you’re going.
- Only walk on cleared walkways if there is ice and snow on the ground.
- Use boots or shoes that fit well and have a thick, non-slip tread sole.
- Use a walker, ski poles or walking sticks with non-slip treads for balance. If you are using a cane, attach a retractable ice pick to the end.
- Take short, shuffling steps with your toes pointed slightly outwards (like a penguin) on slippery surfaces
|How can WESN help?
|If you need groceries, medication picked up, or other essential needs our Errand Volunteers can help you.
Please call our Community Services office at (604) 669-5051 or email [email protected] to arrange for an Errand Runner.