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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Cold Weather Information

Blue thermometer denoting cool weather

February is National Winter Weather Month. With that in mind, here is some related useful info and resources from our friends at the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services:

During inclement weather, warming centers and expanded shelter services are available - see list of warming centers and shelters:

For information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit

Call 2-1-1
: for health and human services in Santa Clara County

Homeless individuals can register to receive text messages about services as follows:

  • Simply address a text message to: 888777
  • Type HOMELESS in the message
  • Send the message

To assist the homeless during winter months, donate new or slightly used cold weather gear such as hats, socks, gloves, sleeping bags, shoes, coats, and blankets. Items can be dropped off anytime at HomeFirst, 2011 Little Orchard Street (main entrance is on Cimino Street) or Sacred Heart Community Services (visit for hours and location).

Safety tips for cold weather
  • 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

About 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 for hypothermia. Alcohol, drug use and medications can also increase the risk for 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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