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County To Open Warming Centers

Residents Encouraged to Take Health and Safety Precautions

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – In response to the weather forecast of temperatures dropping into the 30s tonight, the National Guard Armory in Gilroy will open to provide a warm place for the unhoused to seek refuge from the cold weather. The Sunnyvale center will open Thursday night.

The warming centers are located at the following addresses:

Gilroy Shelter Outreach Center
National Guard Armory
8940 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-848-8023 (during operating hours only)

Sunnyvale Shelter Outreach Center
National Guard Armory
620 E. Maude Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
408-739-6980 (during operating hours only)

During the winter season, Santa Clara County may experience low daytime and nighttime temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and sometimes as low as the 20s and 30s. Residents are encouraged to take health and safety precautions during cold weather and follow the tips provided by American Red Cross:

  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite. Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even when the temperature is not that low.
    1. If possible, avoid being outside in the coldest part of the day, or for extended periods of time in extreme cold weather.
    2. Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing conditions. Avoid overdressing or overexertion that can lead to heat illness.
    3. Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
    4. Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
    5. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
    6. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
    7. Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
  • Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

For more information or updates on warming center locations, call 2-1-1 or visit www.211scc.org.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Jenny Niklaus, EHC Lifebuilders (408) 539-2113
Posted: November 24, 2010