City of Delta Launches Annual Beat the Heat Campaign

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With warmer weather on the way, the City of Delta is proactively addressing the potential dangers posed by extreme heat events. Today, the City launched its "Beat the Heat" campaign, aimed at educating residents on the risks associated with extreme heat and providing critical information on available resources to stay cool and safe in Delta.

The City's Extreme Heat Response Plan includes several key components designed to assist and safeguard the community in the event of a stage 1 heat warning event, including air conditioned facilities, a Beat the Heat telephone support line, and online resources and social media updates. In the event of a stage 2 extreme heat emergency, additional resources will include 24-hour cooling centres and transportation services to these cooling centres. 

“Extreme heat events are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change,” said Mayor George V. Harvie. “It's crucial that our community is well-informed and prepared during these events. Delta is committed to providing the necessary resources and support to protect our residents during challenging conditions. Make sure you check in on your friends and neighbours, especially if they are at-risk during heat-related events.”

Delta Fire Chief Guy McKintuck highlighted the critical nature of community preparedness, stating, “Extreme heat poses significant risks, especially to our vulnerable populations. By preparing in advance and utilizing the resources provided by the City, we can help ensure the well-being of all residents. We urge all Deltans to take advantage of the support available and to look out for one another during these extreme weather events.”

Everyone is at risk for heat-related illness, but some people are more affected by the heat than others. Older adults, infants, and young children, those with chronic health conditions, and those taking certain medicines should take extra care. During an extreme heat event, people are especially at-risk if they do not have access to air conditioning and need to be prepared and supported.

For more information on Delta's Extreme Heat Response Plan and to access resources, please visit

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