Schwarzenegger declares cold-weather emergency
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
January 12, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today declared a state of emergency
throughout California because of the cold snap gripping the state.
The declaration allows state facilities and resources to be used
according to assist residents, businesses and farmers in coping
with the extremely low temperatures.
"I have directed state agencies to activate the extreme
temperature protocols established last year to assist the most
vulnerable populations in the state and asked local governments
and the people of California to take common sense precautions
in the unseasonably cold weather,'' Schwarzenegger said in his
In the Bay Area, San Mateo County is opening the National Guard
armory on Valota Road in Redwood City as a "warming center.''
The armory will open at 6 p.m. and no one will be admitted after
8 p.m. It will close Saturday at 7 a.m. Cots, blankets, food and
drinks will be provided and San Mateo County Human Services Agency
staff members along with the Red Cross and other agencies will
staff the armory.
San Mateo County officials will decide on a day-to-day basis
whether to open the armory each night. Information about whether
it will be opening on any given night can be obtained by calling
Three emergency shelters in Santa Clara County will be open for
more hours than usual during the freezing nights expected through
Monday, EHC Lifebuilders announced today.
The three shelters generally can house 500 people but this weekend
they are expected to take in 750.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be offering
free bus rides tonight to the three shelters in San Jose, Sunnyvale
and Gilroy. Free rides will be available on bus lines 19, 26,
55, 68 and on the light rail system.
Contra Costa Health Services announced today it has added more
than three dozen extra shelter beds during the cold snap.
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