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Coventry Severe Weather Emergency Protocol activated

Published Friday, 29 November 2019

Agencies across the city are activating Coventry’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) from today as the temperatures are set to be below freezing over the next few nights.

The plan will mean that the Council and partner organisations will ensure that the city’s most vulnerable households are able to access appropriate accommodation and support.

Every opportunity will be made to provide refuge – especially to street homeless who would otherwise be exposed to the expected cold temperatures over the weekend.

The protocol is based on the principle that at no time does anyone have to sleep rough on the streets.

The plan also focuses on anyone that is potentially going to be rough sleeping or are vulnerable in anyway.

The details of what is in place and support available to people can be found online on our website.

Harnall Lifehouse, Harnall Lane West, Coventry, CV1 4EZ (The Salvation Army) will be open throughout the weekend.

The plan will be reviewed on Monday when the protocol will either continue or be deactivated. Details are also available on the Coventry Salvation Army’s Facebook page.

As always water, food, and shelter will be provided for these days while the cold weather persists.

When is SWEP implemented?

SWEP is usually implemented when one or more of the following triggers are met:

  • Temperatures are clearly and reliably forecast to be below 0 degrees Celsius for three consecutive nights.
  • A single night event recording temperatures of below -3 degrees Celsius is clearly and reliable forecast.
  • The issuing of an Amber or Red Weather warning by the Met Office.


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