Harrow Council have yesterday activated their Severe Weather Emergency Protocol as temperatures have begun to decline across the borough.
According to BBC weather, Tonight (Thursday 8 December) could see the temperature drop to minus five degrees.
Posting via the Harrow Council Facebook page, the Council said: “As temperatures drop we have activated our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), helping those sleeping rough into emergency accommodation. If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, contact Streetlink www.streetlink.london 0300 500 0914″
When temperatures fall below freezing, the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated so that no one is left on the streets irrespective of immigration status. Harrow Council have advised that if you witness or suspect that a rough sleeper is bedding down outside, you should:
- Contact StreetLink via their website, helpline 0300 500 0914 or app for Apple or Android
Use Harrow’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Referral webform
- Contact Harrow’s Homelessness Prevention & Solutions team on 020 8424 1093 (also connects to the Out-of-Office Emergency Duty Team)
- In an emergency dial 999, if the person is in immediate danger or needs urgent care.
- Please give as much information as you can about the location of the person, their description, and what time you saw them. For further information see Rough Sleeping.
Temperatures are expected to remain at freezing levels for at least another week with the possibility of snow in Harrow. The Council also posted a video showing the gritters preparing for action to ready the roads for the challenging conditions.
Our gritters were loaded this afternoon as road surface temperatures are due to drop to around zero or below.
They’ll be out gritting the roads tonight and next few days to keep our roads safe and moving. Please take extra care when out.
— Harrow Council (@harrow_council) December 7, 2022