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Extreme Cold Resources

January 11, 2019 –

Kingston winters often bring extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain. These elements can pose serious hazards.

The City of Kingston works in partnership with KFL&A Public Health to identify the risk levels and inform the public. More information about the cold thresholds, warming shelters, and what to do in the event of extreme cold, can be found on the Public Health website. 

Emergency shelters are available in the community for the homeless. They are now open 24 hours a day to assist this vulnerable population. City public buildings are available during regular business hours for those needing a place to warm up.

Winter's chill also impacts our pets. The Ontario SPCA provides resources with advice on ways to keep your furry friends safe.

In a designated extreme weather emergency, the City may open reception centres or evacuation centres for the public. This information will be shared through our media channels. Learn more about the City's emergency management, and extreme weather.