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City issues cold weather alert issue -- warming station open again tonight

Friday, February 28, 2014   by: Kate Adams

District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
News Release

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A cold weather alert has been issued for the City of North Bay tonight (Friday), for the second night in a row.

The warming station at St John’s Church located at 301 Main East is provides a sleeping area with food starting at 7 PM for individuals requiring shelter.

The centre was created by community groups as a place for those who don't have shelter or don't have adequate heat in their home to go and be safe and warm, for a few hours or overnight.

Cots and linens will be available for those who need somewhere warm to sleep.

Cold weather alerts are issued when extreme cold temperatures coupled with the wind chill can put vulnerable people at risk.

The most common health problems associated with exposure to cold weather are hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it is produced.

Warning signs of hypothermia in adults include:

  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness

In infants, bright red cold skin, and very low energy are the signs of hypothermia. Warning signs of
frostbite include:

  • White or grayish-yellow areas on the skin.
  • Numbness and skin that feels unusually firm or waxy. 

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