Extreme weather response for people rough sleeping
Code Red and Code Blue
Code Red and Code Blue responses to extreme weather aim to reduce the harmful effects on people rough sleeping by:
- connecting them with support services
- providing additional services including extended operating hours for services, increased shelter options, additional food services, sunscreen etc.
Housing SA activates Code Red and Code Blue, coordinating the response across South Australia in partnership with other services.
When a Code Red or Code Blue response is activated, homelessness services will visit known rough sleeper locations to make people aware of the supports available to them. Information about services and support will be available on Facebook and Twitter.
What activates a Code Red or Code Blue
Triggers for Code Red
- An extreme heat watch is issued if there are three or more days in a row with an average daily temperature over 29°C eg - 36°C daytime and 22°C overnight. An extreme heat watch activates standby status in preparation for a Code Red activation
- An extreme heat warning is issued where there are three or more days days in a row with an average daily temperature over 32°C eg - 40°C daytime and 24°C overnight. An extreme heat warning triggers a Code Red activation
- Any other factors related to extreme heat which require a Code Red response.
Triggers for Code Blue
- Conditions predicted to continue for at least three days by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) with any two of the following:
- temperatures dropping below an average night-time low of 6°C
- significant rainfall causing difficulty for unsheltered individuals to remain dry
- damaging wind gusts pose a high risk for the safety of unsheltered individuals.
- Conditions predicted by BOM to continue for at least five days, when temperatures drop below an average night-time low of 5°C
- Any other factors related to extreme winter weather which require a Code Blue response.