Code RED & Code BLUE

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Code RED & Code BLUE is a response to extreme weather aiming 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.

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.

Last updated 4 January, 2021

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7 January, 2020

No one likes a heat wave or a cold snap but spare of thought for the members of our community that are unable to escape the weather. For people sleeping rough, every day is a battle but add extreme weather and the results can be fatal.

To ensure that people sleeping rough have the support and services that they need to get through bouts of extreme weather, the South Australian Government will activate a Code Red for extreme heat or a Code Blue for extreme cold. A Code Red will be activated if the average daily temperature is above 32°C for 3 consecutive days and a Code Blue will be activated if any 2 of the following conditions occur for 3 consecutive days; average night time temperature falls below 6°C, there is significant rainfall and/or damaging winds

If a Code Red or Blue is activated, homelessness services and shelters are notified to provide additional support and services for people sleeping rough.

The South Australian Department of Human Services will notify the public via social media if a Code Blue or Red has been activated. Homelessness services will reach out to known rough sleeper locations to inform people of the extra services that are available.

For more information about the extra services that are available during a Code Red or Blue, search for Housing SA in the Affordable SA App or contact the Homelessness Gateway Service on 1800 003 308.

For more information on Homelessness visit [www.affordablesa.com.au](http://www.affordablesa.com.au/) or download the Affordable SA App today free from Google Play or App Store.

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