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Warm centers available to Riverside County residents

Warm centers are available to Riverside County residents when temperatures dip low. Made possible through a partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, the warm centers provide a warm place for individuals to escape the cold temperatures during the winter months.

All warm centers follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks, social distancing, and cleanliness are required. For a list of local warm centers, visit www.capriverside.org/warm-centers.

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County offers the following tips for preparing for cold weather:

  • Replenish your emergency supply kits including battery-operated radio and flashlights. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts). Insulate pipes; allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Have your home heating system inspected.
  • Have a plan for finding a nearby shelter or other warm environment such as a warm center should your home heating system fail.
  • Have extra blankets on hand.
  • Move family pets or other large animals from the cold weather to indoors or to an enclosure.
  • Move plants indoors or cover with blankets or plastic to prevent freezing.
  • Do not bring outdoor heating devices into the home, such as barbecues and/or other fuel-burning devices. These items can produce deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  • Check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or water.

For more tips on how to keep warm this winter, click here.

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