What the Cold Emergency means for homeless people: The takeaway is that additional resources are put in place when the temperature drops. The city has used warming buses and a non-shelter warming site and both are, by all accounts, a huge success.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Check the Cold Emergency activation notices regularly
Cold Emergencies are activated when the temp/wind chill is 20 deg. F with precipitation (there is a specific criteria too detailed to list here) OR when the temp/wind chill is 15 deg. F. Notification of a Cold Emergency is noticed on dmhhs.dc.gov in the Cold Weather Emergency Resources box and in the Featured News/Press Releases section. Notices are typically posted between 10:00 am and Noon so check back regularly since subsequent changes are also posted there.