The Burnaby Extreme Weather Response provides for sheltering spaces to be made available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to homeless people. Alerts are called on a daily basis and are posted in Burnaby public libraries, community centres, and at the offices of social service agencies.
The Extreme Weather Response in Burnaby operates on a weather dependent basis between between October 15 and March 31 or whenever extreme weather occurs.
Extreme weather is defined as conditions deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons such as:
• Temperatures at or below 0° Celsius temperatures are not absolute and are flexible to other weather conditions}; OR
• Wind chill that reduces the temperature to 0° Celsius
• Significant snow accumulation; OR
• Temperatures at 0° during times of extended rainfall that make it difficult or impossible for individuals to remain dry; OR
• Freezing rain and/or sleet; OR
• Severe wind warning
The Burnaby Extreme Weather response is part of the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness strategic plan to assist those who are dealing with the issue of homelessness in Burnaby. Lookout Emergency Aid Society oversees the operations of the Extreme Weather Response in Burnaby.
The Extreme Weather Response in Burnaby is greatly assisted by the faith community who provide, food, location for the shelter and volunteer support.
The current location of the Burnaby Extreme Weather Response is at
Westminster Bible Chapel 7540 6th St Burnaby.
Hours of operation are 7:00pm- 7:00am
People will be offered food and a safe warm dry place to sleep and referrals to needed services.
Volunteers and assistance are always welcome.
If you want to help with this initiative please contact:
Kevan Oxley 604-515- 2728