Cloudy skies in the forecast for tonight. Winds picking up to about 15 kilometres per hour. Temperatures at -32 C with wind chill.
With that impending forecast, The Homelessness Network of Sudbury has announced an extreme cold weather alert which will be in place for 24 hours.
Funded by the City of Greater Sudbury, the alert program activates certain services in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to intensely cold weather conditions.
This short-term emergency plan the alert activates increases community services when the temperature drops below -15 C, when Environment Canada issues a storm watch or weather warning, or when there’s daily low of -20 C with a wind chill.
People on the street will be encouraged to voluntarily access shelters and services during the alert, as will people who may be at risk due to low temperatures in their homes.
Under a community partnership agreement, agencies will implement or extend the following community services:
Hot Line: 675-6422: L’Association des jeunes de la rue will operate an overnight phone line to direct callers to appropriate services and to take calls from concerned citizens.
Shelters: Emergency shelter programs for homeless persons are available 24 hours through Salvation Army men’s shelter, Cedar Place for women and children and l’Association des jeunes de le rue for youth.
Emergency Warming Centre: The Elgin Street Mission will become an emergency warming centre and extend their regular hours of operation by remaining open 24 hours during an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. As part of its emergency response, they will also provide a hot meal at night.
Off The Street Emergency Shelter Program: The Off The Street (OTS) Emergency Shelter Program is open for the 2017/2018 winter season. The OTS provides temporary cots and a warm, safe place to sleep for persons who are under the influence or otherwise disconnected from mainstream shelter services. This shelter, located at 200 Larch St., will run from 8:30 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. every night until April 16, 2018.
Outreach: L’Association des jeunes de la rue (Community Outreach Program) will provide overnight services to make contact with people on the street and to transport individuals to shelters. Outreach workers will be equipped with extra clothing, blankets and coffee for those who choose not to access shelters.