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Code Blue activated in SA as extreme weather and freezing temperatures forecast

South Australia has implemented a Code Blue in response to freezing temperatures, providing emergency shelter to protect the homeless across multiple regions.

As South Australia braces for an extended period of cold weather, the state government has activated a Code Blue extreme weather response, effective from 5pm today until 9am Wednesday, May 29th. This emergency protocol comes in response to the anticipated drop in temperatures to zero degrees in several regions across the state. Areas affected include Far West Coast, Copper Coast, Clare Valley, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper Spencer Gulf, Kangaroo Island, and Limestone Coast.

The Code Blue response aims to provide essential support and protection for individuals experiencing homelessness during this extreme weather period. Special measures include the provision of emergency accommodation to ensure that those sleeping rough can find refuge from the severe cold.

Individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are urged to contact Homeless Connect SA. This critical service is available by calling 1800 003 308 at any time of the day. Homeless Connect SA operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering support and immediate assistance throughout the year.

Minister for Human Services, Nat Cook, shared, “These Code Blue responses help people experiencing homelessness who are most affected by extreme winter weather to remain warm and safe.”

“I encourage rough sleepers, or anyone who knows a rough sleeper, to call Homeless Connect SA – these services are here to help.”

Community members are encouraged to act as advocates for those who may not easily seek help themselves, extending a lifeline to those in need during these freezing conditions.

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