Emergency Weather Community Response Network

2023-2024

EmergencyWeatherNetworkSurvey Humboldt Housing & Homelessness Coalition (HHHC) members, made up of staff and volunteers from nearly a dozen local service providers, faith-based organizations and government agencies, are planning for emergency weather warming centers for people experiencing homelessness, and volunteers are needed. 

To sign up to volunteer, fill out the Emergency Weather Community Response Network Survey (surveymonkey.com).

To find out which warming centers are open for day and night use, visit 211humboldt.org or dial 2-1-1. 

Emergency Weather Community Response Network Committee

The EWCRN Committee is a workgroup of the HHHC. Meetings take place every Monday at 11 a.m. via Zoom and in person at 507 F St., Eureka. DHHS Program Manager Aaron Zell facilitates the group and can be reached at AZell@co.humboldt.ca.gov for more information.

Regional Structure

Coordination of EWCRN's efforts use a regional approach. Currently the regions are Northern Humboldt, Eureka, Eel River Valley and Southern Humboldt. Efforts are underway to locate a center in the Eastern region, likely in Willow Creek.

Emergency weather centers are activated based on predefined thresholds determined by each region (see regional overview below for specific criteria).

Regional Coordinators

NORTHERN HUMBOLDT

arcatahouse.org

Opening Guidelines:

The Arcata House Partnership (AHP) emergency warming center will be activated when any of the following is predicted:

  • Temperatures at or below 34 degrees
  • Temperatures at or below 36 degrees when rain is expected
  • Wind speeds more than 30 mph or winds that create a wind chill factor of 34 degrees
  • One inch or more of rain and or multiple days of rain.

If one of the above guidelines is anticipated, and there is adequate staffing, the warming center will open. 

Individuals seeking shelter will be directed to Arcata House Partnership’s Annex at 501 Ninth St., Arcata by 4 p.m. for sign-ups and transportation to the warming center site.

Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed to operate the warming center. If interested, please contact volunteer@arcatahouse.org or 707-613-0143.

Donations:
Ponchos, Tarps, Tents, Hand-Warmers, Beanies, Sweats, Sweatshirts

EUREKA       

Opening Guidelines:

The City of Eureka emergency warming overnight center will be activated when any of the following is predicted:      

  • Temperatures at or below 33 degrees
  • Wind speeds in excess of 40 mph or winds that create a wind chill factor of 33 degrees
  • One inch or more of rain between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.

If one of the above guidelines is anticipated, and there is adequate staffing, the warming center will open. 

Individuals seeking access to the program will be directed to one of four pick-up sites for transportation to the warming center site:

  • 6 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Facility Dining Facility “Free Meal”
    35 W. Third St., Eureka
  • 6:30 p.m. Sacco Amphitheater
    1101 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
  • 7 p.m. Hope Center
    2933 H St., Eureka
  • 7:30 p.m. 14th and Koster streets
    DHHS Social Services Campus

All guests will be transported to SVdP Dining Room for breakfast and coffee in the morning at 8. 

Volunteers:
Sign-up to volunteer at EurekaWarmingCenter.com or contact Robin Praszker at rpraszker@eurekaca.gov or 707-441-4206. 

Donations: 
Ponchos, Tarps, Tents, Hand-Warmers, Beanies, Sweats, Sweatshirts

EEL RIVER VALLEY

Opening Guidelines:

The Fortuna Adventist Community Services warming overnight center will be activated when any of the following is predicted:         

  • Temperatures at or below 34 degrees
  • Temperatures at or below 36 degrees when rain is expected
  • Wind speeds more than 30 mph or winds that create a wind chill factor of 34 degrees
  • One inch or more of rain and or multiple days of rain.

If one of the above guidelines is anticipated, and there is adequate staffing, the warming center will open. 

Individuals seeking shelter will be directed to Fortuna Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2331 Rohnerville Road, Fortuna. The warming center will open at 6 p.m. 

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to operate the warming center. Please contact Rhonda Lewis at RLewis@FortunaACS.co if you are interested in volunteering.

Donations:
Ponchos, Tarps, Tents, Hand-Warmers, Beanies, Sweats, Sweatshirts

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT

Opening Guidelines:

The Redway Baptist Church warming day center will be activated when any of the following is predicted: 

  • Temperatures at or below 34 degrees
  • Temperatures at or below 36 degrees when rain is expected
  • Wind speeds more than 30 mph or winds that create a wind chill factor of 34 degrees
  • One inch or more of rain and or multiple days of rain.

If one of the above guidelines is anticipated, and there is adequate staffing, the warming center will open. 

Individuals seeking respite will be directed to Redway Baptist Church, 1055 Redway Drive, Redway. The warming center will operate during the day (dawn to dusk). 

Volunteers: 
Volunteers are needed to operate the warming center. Please contact Chris Andrews at Andrewschristopher1409@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Donations:
Ponchos, Tarps, Tents, Hand-Warmers, Beanies, Sweats, Sweatshirts