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Saskatoon Extreme Heat Emergency Plan Activated

Saskatoon Extreme Heat Emergency Plan Activated
Saskatoon Extreme Heat Emergency Plan Activated

In preparation for the heat, humidity and smokiness this week, the Saskatoon Extreme Heat Emergency Response Plan is being activated by the Saskatoon Emergency Management Organization (EMO).

The measure will remain in place through Thursday to support Saskatoon residents, particularly those vulnerable to the heat. A full list of available services can be found here.

A press release from the Saskatoon Fire Department and Saskatoon EMO says the plan is a coordinated response that will provide residents with access to cooling sites, outreach services, wellness checks, and water distribution during extreme heat. There will be designated cooling sites throughout the city, along with misting tents as another way to cool off for those individuals and families experiencing heat stress. If the situation is an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

EMO reminds residents that swimming is prohibited in the South Saskatchewan River. Officials point out that the river has many hazards, including changing currents and an unstable river bottom.

Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh drinking water and watch for signs of heat stress, such as rapid panting. Never leave your pet in parked cars.

Anyone working outside is reminded to drink extra water, get more sun exposure and modify work tasks to avoid heat illness. The City of Saskatoon notes that heat waves mean more watering for yards, and officials are encouraging residents to water early in the morning and skip windy days.

And as always, Saskatoon Transit offers the Safe Bus Program, which helps everyone of all ages. If you need help, simply and safely hail a bus or approach a parked bus.