State Preparing For Big Chill
Officials say warming centers will be opened and state fair grounds may be used to house people as night time temperatures drop into the 20s
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Eleven National Guard armories will serve as “warming centers” for Californians who don’t have adequate heat to see them through the coming cold snap in the state. Several fair grounds, including Cal Expo, could also be made available to house people overnight if the need arises. State Public Health Officer Mark Horton says to prepare for the cold families should check that their heaters are in good working order.
“Obviously it’s important that should that fail you should not consider bringing in any outside heating element such as a barbecue or other cooking equipment that’s meant to be used outside, inside to avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning…”
State officials say they’re in contact with local health departments and county welfare directors to make sure they’re prepared to help those vulnerable to the cold—which include the elderly.
The National Weather Service expects potentially record-setting cold temperatures through the North and Central part of the state—even into Los Angeles and Ventura counties for at least the next few days. There is also a hard freeze warning for crops.