Victoria’s Extreme Weather Protocol was activated as of Tuesday afternoon.
The protocol was activated around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Twitter, with Environment Canada reporting temperatures in Victoria are expected to drop to 0 C with patchy frost by Tuesday night.
— Victoria EWP (@Victoria_EWP) October 29, 2019
The Extreme Weather Protocol (EWP) is a community program that was introduced in 2004 after a cold snap. The City of Victoria’s Silver Threads building was used as a short term emergency shelter.
The protocol increases the number of shelter spaces during acute winter weather conditions with shelter capacity expanding from 395 to 472 emergency shelter beds and mats, according to the EWP website. Participating organizations, which include various faith groups, social service agencies, fire and police, open additional shelter and overflow beds.
To find shelter spaces available for Tuesday, check the EWP website.