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Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol came into effect on Wednesday 26 February 2020 and remains in force until Monday 2 March 2020. 

Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol aims to help rough sleepers during the winter months and periods of extreme weather conditions.

Our protocol comes into effect when weather forecasts predict the temperature to drop to zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights.

Winter Shelter

Before contacting us for accommodation under the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, you need to register for a place at the Winter Shelter run by Hope4.

The shelter runs seven days a week at seven different churches in Rugby, but you must register for a place before 2pm on the day you wish to stay.

You can register at the Hope Centre, 8 Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LJ. The centre opens from 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 11am on Saturdays and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. You can call the centre on (01788) 572456.

Visit the Hope4 website for more information

The council can help with your referral to the centre, if required.

We can only offer alternative accommodation under the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol when all places at the Winter Shelter have been booked.


If you're sleeping rough on the streets, call our emergency hotline on (01788) 579706 or visit the Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby, CV21 2RR during office hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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