The following is a press release from the city of Elk Grove:
In response to the forecasted night temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s, the City of Elk Grove and Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) have opened a warming center in Elk Grove as a proactive safety precaution for residents who may be unsheltered or living in homes without heat.
The warming center, located at the Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex at 9014 Bruceville Road, will be open from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The warming center may remain longer, depending on weather conditions. The situation will be monitored daily and the public will be updated in conjunction with the City and County of Sacramento and County Office of Emergency Services.
The warming centers will offer seating and a heated room that will provide shelter from the cold temperatures. The warming center will be operated by CSD staff. The Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex facility can accommodate pets.
Besides a warming center, other options to stay warm include stores, community centers, public libraries, coffee shops and family and friends’ homes.
Sacramento County recommends the following advice to stay warm during freezing temperatures:
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
Additional cold weather preparedness tips can be found on www.SacramentoReady.org. For more information about emergency preparedness, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/ep or contact City of Elk Grove Emergency Manager Don Stangle at 478-3610 firstname.lastname@example.org.