Here's what to do if you see someone caught out in the Calgary cold

Jan 10 2020, 10:59 pm

The temperatures are taking a nose-dive in Calgary.

We’re about to head into a weekend that features a high of just -16°C and a low of nearly -30°C — dangerously cold conditions for those with even the puffiest of jackets.

The City of Calgary is well aware of the dangers that cold weather can bring (this isn’t their first rodeo and it won’t be their last) and has asked residents to keep an eye out for those who may be vulnerable to the freeze.

In a tweet published on Friday morning, the City of Calgary wrote, “As temperatures have plunged, please be aware of vulnerable people in need of assistance.”

“If you see someone who needs help, call 211 or the DOAP (Downtown Outreach Addiction Partnership) team at 403-998-7388. If someone is in serious distress or is non-responsive, contact 911.”

The Downtown Outreach Additions Program includes the Calgary Police Service Vulnerable Persons Team, which “coordinates with homelessness and addiction-serving agencies to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our city.”

However, the DOAP is not just for assisting those with addictions — despite its name — as it “also provides referral services for shelters, detoxification, addiction treatment services, health needs, crisis counselling, advocacy and basic needs like food, housing and clothing,” according to the city’s website.

As stated in the tweet, the DOAP Outreach line of 403-998-7388 is the one to call to report those who may need assistance, and is operating 24/7.

Alternatively, the DOAP Encampment Team (for people sleeping outside) can be reached at 403-805-7388 from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.

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