Cold Weather Alert!


By Joshua Baker

 Emergency Weather Shelters opening at 8 pm tonight (December 21st):

  • Oregon Convention Center 960 NE 1st Ave, Portland, OR.
  • Arbor Lodge 1952 North Lombard Street, Portland
  • Portsmouth Union 4775 N Lombard St, Portland
  • Sunrise Center 18901 E. Burnside Street, Portland

Pets are welcome at all shelters.

 How to Help

Contact 211 to find an open shelter or help with transportation to a shelter. Interpreters are available for 100+ languages by phone. Text and email is in English and Spanish only. 

  • Call 2-1-1 or 1-866-698-6155 (24/7)
  • TTY dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
  • Text your zip code to 898211 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  • Email
  • Download the app 
  • Search online at  

TriMet fares are waived for anyone going to a warm place during this emergency. TriMet asks riders to let their driver know they are headed to a warm place. 

Call the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) hotline at 503-988-3646 for 24-hour information and assistance to older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers.  

Call 9-1-1 of someone is showing symptoms of hypothermia: shivering uncontrollably, or suffering confusion, slurred speech or drowsiness. Get them somewhere warm and dry.  

In Portland, call 9-1-1 and request Portland Street Response for people experiencing mental health crisis. 

In Multnomah County, call the Multnomah County Sheriff non-emergency response line at 503-823-3333 to request a welfare check.