With temperatures in Owen Sound expected to reach -30 C with the wind chill this weekend, the city is working with Safe ‘n Sound to extend the hours of the office for those seeking shelter from the cold.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, city facilities that have in the past served as heating stations at cold temperatures are not available for the public to use.
The partnership with Safe ‘n Sound will see the extended hours on its drop-in space from 9am to 3.30pm and again from 5pm to midnight on Friday and from 10am to 4pm and 5pm to midnight on Saturday. The center is on 310 8 th St. E.
Environment Canada issued a warning for extreme cold with the temperature dropping to -20 C on Friday evening and night, reaching -30 C with the wind chill. Saturday there was more cold in the forecast with the windy morning again -30 C in the morning and -20 C in the afternoon. Both days there was a risk of frost.
People were advised to observe cold-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle aches and weakness, numbness and discoloration in the fingers and toes.
People are advised to dress them warmly in layers that they can remove if they get too hot. The outer layer must be windproof.
Coating is important because frost can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with a wind chill.
Emergency care services are provided by the County of Gray through YMCA Housing Services, and those seeking the service are asked to call 519-371-9230.
Anyone in need of assistance is reminded that they can call 211 for additional rehab centers or emergency shelter information. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.