A portable air conditioner is a nice option but not everyone has access. Still, there are things we can do to keep each other safe in a heatwave. (Black Press Media file photo)

A portable air conditioner is a nice option but not everyone has access. Still, there are things we can do to keep each other safe in a heatwave. (Black Press Media file photo)

Three locations announced as emergency weather centres if needed

High school, rec centre and Golden Agers all lined up to host cooling centres if summer temps soar

The District of Hope has secured a handful of locations for shelter from the heat this summer.

They announced on their Facebook page earlier this week that they have made extreme weather plans for both heat- and cold-related emergencies.

The facilities to be used when certain criteria are met will be the Canyon Golden Agers Senior Centre, the Hope Recreation Centre and Hope secondary school. However, residents will need to watch for alerts for those locations to be open. Exact times and locations will be made public as needed.

The high school and recreation centre were both important hubs for emergency shelter and food storage during the November atmospheric river event that cut the town off.

Earlier this year, the Canyon Golden Agers were granted $7,800 from the District of Kent to create a cooling centre in their building.

Hope had a local state of emergency this time last June, with sustained temperatures well above normal. Hope had a high of 41.4C according to Environment Canada, but in Lytton that soared to 48.6C, smashing records but also causing heat illness and deaths.

Residents are advised to pay attention to local media and download the Alertable app to stay connected in case of emergencies. The District of Hope will be making their decisions on opening hot weather centres based off information from the B.C. government.

READ MORE: Emergency cooling centre on the way for Hope seniors centre


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