Extreme Heat Response Plan: Burnaby RCMP redeploying resources, urging caution during heatwave


2021-07-29 12:01 PDT

Burnaby RCMP is redeploying resources and adding additional officers this weekend while urging residents to be cautious and proactive over the coming days in light of a heat warning from Environment Canada.

Burnaby RCMP members dedicated to the detachment’s Extreme Heat Response Plan will be doing outreach on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Officers will be checking on vulnerable and homeless members of the community and connecting them with resources.

Cooling locations have been set up at four sites in Burnaby:

North Burnaby

• Cameron Community Centre (9523 Cameron Street)
• Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool (240 Willingdon)

South Burnaby

• Bonsor Recreation Complex (6550 Bonsor Avenue)
• Edmonds Community Centre (7433 Edmonds Street)

The centres will be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. as of Thursday, July 29. More information from the City of Burnaby can be found here.

During the heat dome in late June we saw the devastating and tragic impact extreme heat can have on our communities, with a spike in sudden deathsThe elderly can be especially vulnerable in these heat events," said Cpl. Brett Cunningham with Burnaby RCMP.

We are once again urging people to seek relief from the elements. Be proactive. Check on loved ones. Many people in Metro Vancouver don’t have access to air conditioning in their homes. We want all residents to know resources are in place in Burnaby so everyone has a safe space to get refuge from the extreme heat, Cpl. Cunningham added.

Animals in distress can be reported to police or the SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722.

Environment Canada is forecasting the highest temperatures in Metro Vancouver will happen between Thursday and Saturday, with more seasonal temperatures returning to the region on Sunday.

Fraser Health advises people to monitor themselves for signs of heat-related illness, and to stay safe by keeping hydrated, avoiding the outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., seeking shade, and staying covered when outside.

More information from Fraser Health on staying safe in the heat can be found at this link: https://bit.ly/3gXDA1i

(Cpl. Jason Wong outside Edmonds Community Centre on July 29, 2021)

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