Multnomah County And City Of Portland Declare State Of Emergency For Extreme Cold Weather

PORTLAND, Ore. – Multnomah County and the City of Portland have declared a state of emergency connected to the expected extreme cold weather.

That means four severe weather shelters will open 8 p.m. Wednesday and will stay open for as long as needed.

No one will be turned away.

Locations will be announced early Wednesday and posted on the County’s Care for When it’s Cold page.

All sites will welcome pets and will be accessible to people with disabilities.

And free transportation to a shelter is available by calling 2-1-1.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 15 degrees.

”Declaring a state of emergency doesn’t just enhance the tools we have to plan, coordinate and gather the additional resources with severe weather bearing down on us. It also signals to our community that the conditions we expect are legitimately dangerous and life threatening,” Chair Kafoury said. “Please check in with your neighbors often, share information, and volunteer or donate if you’re able.”

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