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Sacramento Warming Centers Opening

​In response to expected night temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s over the next few evenings, the City and County of Sacramento, coordinated by the County Office of Emergency Services, are opening a nighttime warming center for residents to get out of the cold. The criteria for this response, according to the County/City Severe Weather Guide, are extreme cold/freeze warnings for 3 days accompanied by night temperatures of 32 degrees or less.

The Center will open Wednesday night, December 4, at 8 p.m., and stay open until 6 a.m.  They are expected to open for the next two nights  and longer if needed , depending on weather conditions. If temperatures begin to rise, the centers will close.  The situation will be monitored and updates given daily.

Warming Center Location

The location of the warming center is the Southside Park Pool Building 2115 6th Street (at U Street). The capacity is approximately 60-75 people.  Snacks and chairs will be provided; however, no beds will be provided.

If the center reaches capacity, backup facilities are being arranged.  Staffing will be provided by the Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Human Assistance, City Parks & Recreation and Medical Reserve Corp and Hands On volunteers. Security will be provided by Sacramento City Police Department.

City Animal Services will supply ten kennels for larger dogs, and small carriers for smaller animals.  A location on the site has been identified as a possible animal holding area.  The animals of the people using the warming center will not be transferred to City Animal Services.

Services to Homeless:  Complete information can be accessed by contacting 2-1-1.  Winter warming centers in addition to year-round services:   

  • Loaves and Fishes opened the Winter Sanctuary which is a program that rotates locations amongst local churches. 
  • Volunteers of America opened facility on 700 N 5th Street
  • The Union Gospel Church on 400 Bannon Street opened their facility
  • The Salvation Army opened their facility at 12th and B St  

What You Can Do

Loved Ones:

  • Check on your family, neighbors and seniors, especially those living alone
  • Make sure your pets are secure and safe out of the elements
  • Discuss emergency plans in advance
  • Keep an emergency kit in an easy-access location

Around the House and in Your Car:

  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Store outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, decorations properly
  • Secure outdoor plants or cover with blankets or plastic to prevent freezing
  • Learn where your water shutoff valves are in case a pipe bursts
  • Do not bring heating devices in doors that are intended for outdoor use, such as barbecues or other fuel-burning devices
  • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing
  • Prepare your auto for cold weather       
  • Keep extra blankets, food and water in your vehicle
  • Drive safely and slowly
  • Avoid downed power lines

Helpful Numbers

Sacramento County:

  • For localized street flooding, downed trees or branches in the roadway: call 875-5171.
  • For water or drainage issues: call 875-7246. 
  • Information on creek levels:
  • For sewer issues: call 875-6730.

City of Sacramento:

  • For localized street flooding, downed trees or branches in the roadway, City residents should call: 3-1-1 or 916-264-5011.

For electrical power outages in Sacramento County contact SMUD at 1-888-456-7683 or PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

County residents can call 2-1-1 OR 311 for more information.  Residents of the City of Sacramento can call 3-1-1 or 916-264-5011.  Detailed information on this weather related event and any associated emergencies is available on line at