Extreme Heat Warning Brings Help for Brantford Homeless

An extreme heat warning has been issued for most of Southwestern Ontario. The Brant County Health Unit warns that heat affects everyone, but those at greater risk are young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

But, as Executive Director of Rosewood House, Tim Philp, says some of the most vulnerable in our community are homeless. Philp adds, “we open up extra beds during those times so that people who are forced to live out in the environment of extreme heat can come to Rosewood and we’ll provide them with a place to stay or if we’re full, we’ll bring them in and help cool them down a little bit”.

Brantford resident and founder of the Guardian Angels, Tracey Bucci, says whenever there’s a weather warning of any kind, her group goes out into the community to help. Bucci adds, “we do go to some the of ‘hot spots’ and do what we can by bringing water or fruit or non-perishable food and backpacks full of supplies to meet basic needs and sometimes just for a chat”.

This weekend temperatures are expected to soar well above the 30 mark, with a humidex in the low 40’s. The Brant County Health Unit is reminding everyone to drink plenty of water, wear loose fitting clothing, find shade, and take cold showers or baths to cool down.