Recommendations and resources to prepare ahead of time.

Planning is key to making sure you are ready for a heat event. If you are able, please make sure you have some of the following:

  • Air conditioning unit in at least one room if possible
  • Two weeks’ worth of any medication (both routine and flare-up/emergency) and inhalers
  • Someone to check-up on you regularly if you live alone
  • Window coverings to block out heat (call 211 to see if there are subsidies/rebates for cooling measures for your home)
  • Portable air cleaners or air filters for your HVAC systems for potential smoke
  • Cold packs in your freezer
  • Lightweight clothing and linen
  • Fans to bring cold air in from outside at night
  • A space in the coolest part of your home, such as the basement, once outside temperatures reach 31°C

Ask a health professional how medications or health conditions can affect your risk in the heat.

Stay up-to-date – weather can change quickly. Tune in to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Use a weather app like WeatherCAN.

We also encourage you to have a plan should you need to leave your home due to the heat. This may include planning to stay with family or a friend, or relocating to cooling centers in your community during the hottest part of the days.


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