Some municipalities in British Columbia are changing their heatwave management plans, including the possibility of allowing the cooling center to open overnight because of unusually high temperatures in the Greater Vancouver area this week.
Environment Canada has issued high temperature warnings to Metro Vancouver, Howe Bay, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley and eastern Vancouver Island.It also issued Special weather statement for most parts of the province In addition, the temperature is expected to peak from Wednesday to Saturday.
Municipalities in the area, including Vancouver, RichmondAnd Burnaby are updating their plans for future extreme high temperature events, after which Some criticism There was a big gap in the answer last month.
“I don’t think there is a complete plan before the hot dome we have… the city does its best in a short period of time,” Carol from Burnaby End Homeless Society Association -Ann Flanagan said.
Flanagan is a member of a committee that has been working on a plan for extreme weather and heat since March. Present it Go to Burnaby City Council on Monday.
Her speech emphasized the importance of pop-up cooling centers during the heat wave, and hopes to make plans “soon” to allow more.
“If there is no cooling space, I know our homeless will die more [during the heat wave],” she says.
The cooling center may run overnight
Vancouver and the three cities on the North Shore are considering allowing cooling centers to open at night to respond to potential emergencies.
“For the temperature we expect to see, between more than 20 degrees and more than 30 degrees, the North Shore Emergency Management Department has cooperated with the municipality and determined that there is no need to open a night cooling center at this time,” said Michaela Garstin of West Vancouver. Communications consultant.
“If the situation changes, we will make a plan to open a 24/7 cooling center when needed.”
The director of emergency management for the City of Vancouver, Daniel Stevens, said the cooling center may extend working hours, and the staff are working hard to implement the changes immediately after the hot dome last month.
“The city will issue an information bulletin to the media to clarify what support is available later this week. Information will also be shared through our social media channels,” he said.
“British Columbians should be vigilant”
Before the temperature peaked this week, provincial officials actively communicated.
Public Security Minister Mike Farnworth said: “British Columbians should stay vigilant, heed warnings, and take measures to stay safe in extreme heat.” Said in a statement on Tuesday.
For New Westminstershire.Patrick Johnstone, the reaction to the heat wave is “cascade” The failure of governments at all levels.
“In hindsight, we, as a city, had flaws in the way we dealt with such emergencies. There are potential lessons for how the city and the province will deal with such emergencies in the future,” he said.
CBC News contacted other cities in the Lower Mainland to see if they updated their heat wave management plan after the heat dome last month, but did not receive a timely response.