The Extreme Weather Protocol (EWP) is a community program involving various faith groups, social service agencies, fire and police working together to increase the number of shelter spaces available during acute winter weather conditions of heavy wind, snow and snow accumulation, rain and temperatures of 0' and 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.

Under the program, during extreme weather conditions the shelter capacity expands from 395 to 472 emergency shelter beds and mats.

When extreme weather conditions are predicted and year-round shelter beds are full, participating organizations implement  the Extreme Weather Response Plan by opening additional shelter and moving to overflow beds.

To view the current response plan for the region:

To view the flow-chart of how we activate the shelters: