How to support your residents during a massive “heat dome”


With a heat warning in place this week for Metro Vancouver, non-profit housing providers should take measures to ensure their residents are well supported.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the 20s near the water and low 30s inland, with overnight temperatures expected in the mid to high teens. The hottest weather window will run from Thursday to Saturday, with communities in the Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky corridor, and inland Vancouver Island expected to see the highest temperatures.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people working outdoors. Residents of non-profit housing are also at greater risk from heat-related health concerns. It is recommended that everyone watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and the worsening of some health conditions.

Prior to the summer’s first heat wave in late June we compiled these resources:

BC Housing’s heat-wave resources and links are here, including BC CDC guidelines for cooling centres within a COVID-19 context, wildfire tips, and posters that can be printed and placed throughout your buildings.

The Extreme Heat Checklist tips provide a quick resource for supporting your tenants, and the Extreme Heat Decision Tree offers a handy visual reference for staff.

To learn more about heat-related illness, who is most at risk and how to identify when an individual is suffering from heat-related and/or poor air quality illness, check here.

Watch a free recording of heat-related webinars here:

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