February is National Winter Weather Month. With that in mind, here is some related useful info and resources from our friends at the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services:
During inclement weather, warming centers and expanded shelter services are available - see list of warming centers and shelters:
For information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit http://bit.ly/SCCshelters.
Call 2-1-1: for health and human services in Santa Clara County
Homeless individuals can register to receive text messages about services as follows:
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is about 98.6 F, and hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 F.
People who are 65 and older, or very young children are at a higher risk for hypothermia. Alcohol, drug use and medications can also increase the risk for hypothermia. Left untreated, hypothermia limits your nervous system from working correctly. It can cause a complete failure of your heart, respiratory system, and it can even be fatal.
Symptoms of hypothermia are:
Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms.