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The Comox Valley Extreme Weather Protocol has been activated for those seeking shelter from the elements.
The protocol was developed to help homeless individuals stay dry and warm during times of bad weather. Shelter is available at 632 Pidcock Ave. in Courtenay.
In extreme conditions, an additional 30 shelter beds will be available at the Northgate Foursquare Church at 1640 Burgess Rd. in Courtenay.
For the Extreme Weather Shelter to be activated, the temperature must be near zero with rainfall that makes it difficult or impossible for the homeless to remain dry. Other conditions required for activation include sleet, snow accumulation, sustained high winds, and/or temperatures at or below minus-two Celsius. Feedback from clients at various facilities could also be considered.
For more information, visit www.comoxvalleyewp.com.