In anticipation of the cold and snowy weather for the City of Victoria, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (GVCEH) has agreed to coordinate the Victoria Extreme Weather Response (EWR) commencing December 15, 2022. The GVCEH will coordinate activation and deactivations of the City of Victoria EWR for overnight warming shelters in the event of extreme weather conditions deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of people who are experiencing homelessness. The forecast is evaluated each day and the response is activated or deactivated based on what is predicted for the City, such as:
- Temperatures near zero with rainfall that makes it difficult or impossible for people experiencing homelessness to remain dry; and/or
- Sleet/freezing rain; and/or
- Snow accumulation; and/or
- Sustained high winds; and/or
- Temperatures at or below zero degrees Celsius.
Activation and deactivation alerts through various communications channels, including social media, will inform the public on the available shelters and warming center locations and times of operations.
Click here for up to date information about shelters and warming sites.