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Joint Office of Homeless Services is in charge of expanding emergency shelter space when temperatures drop.

KOIN 6 NEWS - The chill factor created high winds makes temperatures feel even colder than forecast.Because of the wind driven chill factor, the Joint Office of Homeless Services is opening at least one severe weather shelter at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday for this first time this season.

Those needing shelter are urged to call 211 to learn more and arrange transportation as needed. No one will be turned away who needs help.

Because it is still early in the season, some providers do not yet have all the equipment and supplies they need to provide more services.

Those wishing to donate can go to 211info.org/donations and learn what's needed and where to take it. Items include: thick socks, waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), waterproof/resistant winter coats (men's and women's sizes), sleeping bags and warm blankets, waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), hand warmers, rain ponchos.

The JOHS declares a severe weather event whenever any of the following conditions are met:

• Temperatures forecast at 25°F or below

• Forecasts predict at least an inch of snow in most areas

• Overnight temperatures forecast at 32°F or below, with at least an inch of driving rain

• Other conditions, including severe wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations

If any meet the thresholds for

severe weather, the JOHS notifies Multnomah County's communications office and 211info, which alerts service providers, first responders and community members who have requested notice. On days that fall

short of the thresholds for emergency response, the JOHS may still send alerts about services.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can follow their weather coverage at koin.com/category/weather.

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