City provide warming shelters during cold snap
An arctic outflow warning is currently in place in our region, with windchill reaching between -20 and -30 C at least until the end of the week. To support the community through partnership efforts and support from the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR), there will be a staffed warming centre open overnight at Zion Baptist Church. The expected availability is from Thursday, January 11, to Saturday, January 13, from 9 pm to 7 am nightly.
This facility will be available to provide drop-in warming for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness who are unable to access shelter. Warming centre availability is dependent on staff capacity, and partners will work closely to connect those in need of overnight warming with shelter or warming supports as appropriate to their needs.
As of Wednesday, the City of Terrace Bylaw and Community Safety Officer teams have been patrolling, completing wellness checks, and distributing warming supplies through extended hours, and this will continue through Saturday this week. Additional partners will also be doing increased outreach, wellness checks, and providing warming resources during the cold weather. Partners are also working together to ensure unsheltered persons are aware of and able to get to community spaces that are available for warming during daytime hours.