Thursday, July 28, 2022

Preparing for Extreme Heat


This week Environment and Climate Change Canada issued heat warnings across BC, including the South Island, due to rising temperatures. We encourage everyone to plan and prepare for high temperatures.

Preparing for high temperatures: 
  • You can find information about cooling centres across the South Island here.    
    • Checking with your municipality, regional district, or First Nation is also a good way to find the most up to date information on cooling centres.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms during extreme heat, take immediate steps to cool down and seek emergency care. Symptoms can include:
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    • Headaches,
    • Dizziness,
    • Rapid breathing or increased heartrate, and
    • Feeling very thirsty or having dark urine
  • Create a heat plan to keep safe
    • Identify cool zones inside and outside of homes (such as community centres and libraries), 
    • Find ways to cool down (such as taking cool baths or showers and drinking plenty of water), and 
    • Identify vulnerable family members and neighbours who are susceptible to heat and who should be checked on.
Making it easier for evacuees to receive support:

Last year’s extreme weather events made it clear how important it is to be prepared for a potential crisis. One day you may need to evacuate due to an emergency, whether it's flood, fire or earthquake. This week, we announced that we are making it easier to receive evacuee financial support – because the last thing you need in an emergency is more paperwork. You can now pre-register to receive financial support by e-transfer so when you need it and are eligible to receive it, you can get it quickly and easily. Here’s how: