As the temperature drops in Edmonton, service providers, agencies, and community organizations from across the city coordinate efforts and work in partnership to ensure the most vulnerable people in our community are properly supported. Transportation, outreach, drop-ins, and basic needs services are coordinated and/or expanded to ensure everyone has a warm place to stay from November 1st to April 30th.
This response is coordinated by the Winter Emergency Response Committee (WER Committee), who meet throughout the year to identify trends, challenges, and solutions. Homeward Trust operates as the administrator of this committee and supports the extension of drop-in hours at four locations around Edmonton:
Each year, the WER Committee puts together a resource guide, known as the WER Guide, that outlines support and services available to people who may need access during the harsh winter months. This year the WER Committee is working in partnership with 211 Alberta – Edmonton and Area, to ensure the timely transfer of agency information and updates, which become especially important for those seeking support during extreme cold weather. Check the latest version of the WER Guide or dial 2-1-1 for information on services.
The WER Committee also develops a protocol on how to properly respond to extreme cold weather in the city. The Winter Emergency Response: Extreme Weather Protocol ensures that individuals who connect to program are properly supported when connecting with and moving between agencies other services.
You can help support and raise awareness for the Winter Emergency Response in many ways: