(City of Elk Grove Press Release, December 4, 2013)
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
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 faucetsto drip during cold weatherto 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.