Cold Weather Safety

HOTLINES

Call 2-1-1 United Way Bay Area: for health and human services in Santa Clara County.

Call the County of Santa Clara, Here 4 You Call Center shelter hotline (408) 385-2400 for assistance. 

HomeFirst Homeless Helpline: Call (408) 510-7600 or e-mail Home First Helpline to access the City of San Jose's Overnight Warming Location (OWL) program. HomeFirst’s Outreach team provides access to emergency shelter, showers, laundry, meals, medical services, case management, employment training, and more.

    SIGN UP FOR ALERTSCC

    AlertSCC is the County of Santa Clara's official emergency alert and warning system. This service is free to everyone. Sign up via text or visit www.AlertSCC.org for more information. 

    •  Text BADWEATHER to 888777.

    WARMING CENTERS AND OVERNIGHT WARMING LOCATIONS

    During inclement weather, warming centers, and expanded shelter services are available and a list of warming centers and shelters will appear below​​​​. Please call 2-1-1 for information on expanded shelters and additional services in Santa Clara County.​

    Due to the rain and cold temperatures, especially in South Santa Clara County areas, the County Office of Supportive Housing is securing additional after-hours shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness. Call 408-278-6420 for help or to direct someone in need of assistance.
     

    Overnight Warming Locations

    Anyone in need of overnight shelter should call (408) 510-7600 or email [email protected] for referral to the Evergreen Library and Leininger Community Center.  Both sites are open nightly from December 17, 2021 - April 30, 2022 from 8:00 pm - 7:00 am. 

    City of San José

    Evergreen Library
    2635 Aborn Rd
    San Jose, CA 95121
    Hours of Operation: Open NOW until April 30, 2022 by referral ONLY from 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
     

    Leininger Community Center
    1300 Senter Rd
    San Jose, CA 95112
    Hours of Operation: Open NOW until April 30, 2022 by referral ONLY from 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

     

    WARMING CENTERS

    Warming Centers locations will appear below if open. 

     

    County Libraries

    County Libraries are open during normal business hours to provide community members in need of shelter from the cold. Please go to your nearest County Library location listed below. 

     

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    Tuesday

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    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

    Sunday

    Cupertino Library

    10800 Torre Ave. 

    Cupertino, CA

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-6:30pm

    10am-6:30pm

    Gilroy Library

    350 W. 6th St. 

    Gilroy, CA

    1pm-9pm

    1pm-9pm

    1pm-9pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    1pm-5pm

    Los Altos Library

    13 S. San Antonio Rd

    Los Altos, CA

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-7pm

    10am-7pm

    10am-7pm

    Milpitas Library

    160 N. Main St., Milpitas, CA

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-7pm

    10am-7pm

    10am-7pm

    Morgan Hill Library

     

    660 W. Main Ave. 

    Morgan Hill, CA

    12pm-9pm

    12pm-9pm

    12pm-9pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    1pm-5pm

    Saratoga Library

    13650 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga, CA

    10am-9pm

    10am-9pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    10am-6pm

    Woodland Library

    1975 Grant Rd.

    Los Altos, CA

    11am-8pm

    11am-8pm

    11am-8pm

    11am-5pm

    11am-5pm

    11am-5pm

    11am-5pm

    WHAT TRIGGERS A COLD WEATHER ACTIVATION

    Inclement weather can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. In certain areas, winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. Santa Clara County has experienced its fair share of extreme cold weather and has opened warming centers throughout the County to provide community members with a warm and safe space to take shelter. 

    An inclement weather activation is triggered when:

    1. Overnight low of 40° F or lower with a probability of rain of at least 5%;
    1. Overnight low of 45° F or lower with a 50% or higher probability of rain;
    1. Persistent rainfall expected for two or more days that would create life-threatening conditions for those living in or along affected areas; or
    1. Overnight low of 35° F or lower for two or more days that would endanger the lives of people living in places not meant for human habitation (outside or in vehicles).

    When weather conditions are within range of the triggers, a member of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) will contact the National Weather Service to receive a detailed and current forecast.  If conditions warrant, the CRT member will contact the OEM Duty Officer to initiate a stakeholder conference call with.

    OTHER SERVICES

    We expand outreach and services for the homeless to reduce instances of hypothermia and frostbite caused by extreme weather including the cold, wind and rain. Many of the homeless reside in encampments in creek areas and are at increased risk due to health conditions.

    Components of the Inclement Weather Plan include expanded shelter services, continued outreach to encampments by the County’s Valley Homeless Healthcare Program and overnight warming centers.

     

    Services for Adults, Families and Veterans

    Download the Cold Weather Tips for Older Adults to learn more ways on how you can stay warm during cold weather.

    For information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit the Office of Supportive Housing website.

     

    COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

    • Avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, or for extended periods of time in extreme cold weather
    • Dress in layers​
    • Wear a hat, scarf and gloves/mittens
    • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to avoid hypothermia or frostbite
    • Get out of wet clothes as soon as possible
    • Stay hydrated
    • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol if you will be staying outside​
    Winter Dress Infographic

    HYPOTHERMIA

    Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is about 98.6 F, and hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 F.

    People who are 65 and older or very young children are at a higher risk of hypothermia. Alcohol, drug use, and medications can also increase the risk of hypothermia. Left untreated, hypothermia limits your nervous system from working correctly. It can cause a complete failure of your heart, respiratory system, and it can even be fatal.

    Symptoms of hypothermia are:

    • Confusion
    • Dizziness
    • Exhaustion
    • Severe shivering
    • Clumsiness and lack of coordination
    • Slurred speech or mumbling
    • Drowsiness or very low energy
    • Weak pulse
    • Slow, shallow breathing
    • Progressive loss of consciousness

    Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms.​​

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