Severe Winter Weather Alerts
[ no severe weather called at this time ]
The criteria used to determine a Severe Weather Notice and the corresponding opening of Red Cross emergency shelters is:
- Forecasted temperature or wind chill 25°F or below.
- Snow accumulations of 1.0 inch or more sticking to the ground in most locations.
- Temperature at or below 32°F with driving rain of 1.0 inch or more overnight.
Nonetheless, weather conditions will be challenging for those who are sleeping outside. Outreach workers and emergency responders will assist in directing unsheltered people to shelters. Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7 in Multnomah County.
When severe weather is called in Multnomah County we will publish a list of emergency shelters below that open only during severe weather alerts. For information about year-round shelters, please visit the 211info search page, enter your zip code and type in the keyword 'shelter'.
If you would like to receive severe weather alerts via text message, just text the word pdxshelter to 898211 and you will be automatically signed up.
Questions or concerns about the Ebola virus? Dial 211
State health officials are prepared for Ebola, but the infection risk in Oregon is low.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is affecting several West African countries, but according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), no cases have been reported in Oregon.
Even though the threat is minor at this point, Oregon Public Health officials still want to be prepared. They have opened an operations center in the department's main building in Northeast Portland to serve as ground zero in the event anyone in the state is diagnosed with Ebola. The state has also designated 211info as the hotline for public information about the Ebola virus.
If you have questions or concerns about the Ebola virus, please dial 211, ext. 3 during our regular business hours from 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Or questions can be answered by texting your zipcode (nothing else) to 898211. Wait for a reply before texting any questions.
Tsunami Debris Hotline
Months after Asia was struck by natural disaster, items from the other side of the world began showing up on our beaches. Governor Kitzhaber announced 211 as the go-to public phone number to get information about tsunami debris on the Oregon coast. If you have questions about what the debris you found or how to dispose of it, just contact us by dialing 2-1-1, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or texting your zip code to 898211.
Check out the frequently asked questions concerning tsunami debris for more information.