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Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

SWEP

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Contact Details

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol Phone Number: 01865 243 229
01865 243 229

Service Type

Emergency accommodation

Operating Hours

Any night that the temperature falls to zero degrees Celsius or below (Met Office)

Eligibility & Referral

Referral made via OxSPOT

Service Description

SWEP beds are available to anyone who wants to come inside whenever the Met Office forecasts an overnight temperature of zero or below for one night.

The Council also uses its discretion to open emergency beds in other severe weather conditions. These can include snow on the ground, sub-zero “feels like” temperatures or a warmer night during a prolonged freezing spell.

This winter, OxSPOT and assessment services will allocate SWEP spaces to people during the day and notify them where and when they need to go. This means that they can go straight to their SWEP venue and will not necessarily have to attend O’Hanlon House.

The new process reduces pressure on services at O’Hanlon House and improve the SWEP experience for people experiencing homelessness. 

Key functions & activities offered

  • Accommodation on every night when the Met Office forecasts the overnight temperature in Oxford will fall to zero or below
  • Everyone in Oxford who needs an emergency bed can access one
  • Pre-allocated places
  • Free kennels available for people sleeping rough who own dogs (Kennelling needs to be arranged in advance)