Here in the Central Valley, temperatures can drop and yield cold temperatures during the winter months, especially when fog and rain become factors. The Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and the Office of Emergency Services (OES) monitor weather conditions to ensure our health and safety.
PHEP coordinates the operation of Warming Centers throughout the County during the winter months. Warming Centers are facilities operated voluntarily by their respective owners as a service to the community. These facilities are equipped with heating, sitting areas, and restrooms at a minimum, and may also provide vending machines, reading materials, and/or activities.
During extreme cold emergencies with sustained cold temperatures or deep overnight freezes, additional 24x7 Warming Centers may be activated to assist the public.
If you believe that you have a medical emergency related to the extreme cold, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Additionally, our weather can be challenging for certain pets, as well—sometimes even deadly. Tips on keeping your pet warm and safe during the winter months can be found here, provided by the Tulare County Animal Services.