Extreme Weather Protocol
The Extreme Weather Protocol is a community program to increase the number of emergency shelter beds during extreme weather.
The program is funded by BC Housing, involving shelter providers, faith groups, social service agencies, fire and police, working together to increase the number of emergency shelter mats available during acute winter weather conditions of heavy wind, heavy rain, snow and temperatures of zero or below. This initiative was first introduced after a severe cold snap in January 2004, when the City's Silver Threads building was used as a short-term emergency shelter.
When extreme weather conditions are predicted and year-round shelter beds are full, participating organizations implement the Extreme Weather Protocol by opening up additional shelters and moving to overflow mats. Shelter capacity expands from 225 to 370 emergency beds and mats, including 30 mats for youth from October 15 to April 15.
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