Edmonton’s Hope Mission conducts patrols during heat wave

Edmonton’s Hope Mission conducts patrols during heat wave
Edmonton’s Hope Mission conducts patrols during heat wave

As temperatures rise in Edmonton, there are concerns about the city’s vulnerable population.

The city activated its extreme heat response at 9 a.m. Monday morning, and it will remain in effect until at least midnight on July 12, with the possibility of an extension.

As part of the response, police officers will carry bottled water for vulnerable Edmontonians.

Municipal pools, libraries and recreation centers also offer bottled water, and there is a place for anyone who wants to escape the heat.

According to the Hope Mission, regular patrols are crucial during the heat wave to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.

“We’re concerned about our community members who are out in the heat (and) the hydration issues, especially in light of the complex needs that they have — we’re talking about mental health, we’re talking about addiction,” Benny Kiza of Hope Mission told CTV News Edmonton on Monday. “Some of them may not even have the capacity to understand the risk that we’re out there.”

Kiza says that in addition to the patrols, Hope Mission also opens its space and provides drinks, snacks and sunscreen to anyone who needs it.

“We have showers and nurses who can assist us if a serious health situation arises, such as hydration or heat stroke.”

“And really just a place where they can sit, away from the scorching heat outside, and enjoy conversation and fun activities.”

Hope Mission offers meals and drop-in services daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It also has a 24/7 shelter program.

The organization is accepting donations of bottled water, sunscreen and hats to help Edmontonians get through the warm weather week.

If you see someone outside who is having a hard time in the heat, call 911.

With files from Matt Woodman of CTV News Edmonton