Cold Weather Alert issued for Hamilton

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The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective Thursday (Feb. 13) evening.

A Cold Weather Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with the wind chill.

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The city warns that exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Wind always makes it feel colder, and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

During extreme cold weather conditions, residents are urged to call, visit, or check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with people that are vulnerable and experiencing homelessness.

Each of those agencies, including the Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0.

The best place to be during a Cold Alert is indoors.

If you must be outside, the city urges you to:

  • Dress in layers of clothing. Keep inner layers dry. Wet clothing increases the risk of cold injury.
  • Protect you face, ears and hands with a scarf, hat, and gloves
  • To protect your feet, socks must be dry. Wool is a good material to keep your feet dry.
  • Drink warm fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid strenuous exercise

For information about the Community Cold Response, community resources & shelters, and signs of cold-related illness visit here.

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