Nanaimo Cooling Centre Opens
With more hot weather on the horizon, Nanaimo's cooling centre will continue to provide a safe space for vulnerable people to escape the heat.
7-10 Club: 285 Prideaux
Open until August 31 on days hotter than 27° Celsius
10:30am – 4:30pm
Coffee and sandwiches will be provided.
7-10 Club is asking for donations of bottled water and sunscreen.
The cooling centre is made available with support from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island through the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy, the City of Nanaimo and the Nanaimo branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Nanaimo Heat Warning
Environment Canada has put out a warning for “prolonged, dangerous” heatwave coming to BC from June 25 to at least June 30, 2021. Unsheltered people are especially vulnerable in this period of unusual and extreme heat. They need space to stay cool and protect themselves from sun exposure during this time.
Dangers of heat
Heat-related illness can show up as some of the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramps
- Swelling, especially hands and feet
- Fatigue and weakness
- Lightheadedness and/or fainting
- Nausea and/or vomiting
In more severe cases, people could experience high fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness. It is important to protect those who are more vulnerable, like seniors, children and people without consistent access to safe shelter like the homeless population in Canada.
Tips on Staying Cool
To stay safe and healthy for the duration of the heatwave, people need to have consistent access to drinkable water. Some other ways to stay cool include staying in air-conditioned rooms, avoiding going outside during the hottest hours of the day if possible, seeking shade and visiting public places like community centres, libraries, or a local cooling centre to spend time with air conditioning.
More Services to Beat the Heat
Salvation Army collecting hats and umbrellas from their stores to give away. If you have any extras, please drop them off with the Salvation Army.
SEIA the Women's drop-in centre remains open for guests to beat the heat, access refreshments and clean bathrooms.
Snuneymuxw First Nation will be handing out water and food packages.
Island Health Outreach Teams will be carrying water, food, sunscreen hats and cool clothing for anyone who needs them.