Winter Weather Information

**Information last updated on March 23, 2017

For additional information regarding flooding also visit these websites:

Sacramento Office of Emergency Service-February storms

Returning Home After A Flood – Sacramento County


Call 2-1-1 Sacramento by dialing 2-1-1 or 916-498-1000 for any additional resources needed that are not listed here such as additional homeless shelter information. 


For storm preparation information visit: WWW.STORMREADY.ORG

For flood insurance information visit: WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV

For emergency alerts visit: WWW.SACRAMENTOREADY.ORG

For current stream levels visit: WWW.SACFLOOD.ORG Report localized flooding by dialing 3-1-1

For current road closures visit:

Video on how to fill sandbags: 

How to pack a “go-bag” (Disaster Supplies Kit)


Disaster Cleanup Information:

Returning Home After A Flood – Sacramento County

Water Wells Contaminated Due to Flooding
County of Sacramento: 3-1-1 or 916-875-4311

Flooding Sewage Spills Personal Protection and Cleanup
County of Sacramento: 916-875-8550

Food Safety After a Flood
County of Sacramento: 916-875-8440

Cold Weather Resources for those Experiencing Homelessness

Winter Sanctuary – First Step Communities – 916-769-8877 or 916-622-1671
Wind Youth Shelter – 916-561-4900
Pick up Locations:

  • Across from Loaves & Fishes Complex – 1400 North C Street, Unit E, Sacramento, CA, 95811      
  • Wind Youth Drop-in Center – 3671 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820 – (THIS INTAKE LOCATION ONLY FOR YOUTH AGES 18 – 24)

A nightly shelter for single men and women (no children) that is a collaboration between First Step Communities, E49 Corporation, and Sacramento Self Help Housing. This shelter transports guests in need of shelter from one of the two pick-up locations to a different house of worship each evening throughout the winter months of November 21st through March 31st. A sleeping bag, a hot dinner, continental breakfast, and shelter are provided to the guests of this program. Screening for new clients at both pick-up locations: Monday through Friday 3 – 4:15 pm (arrive at 2:30 pm if not there the previous night), Check in for all pickup locations: Monday through Sunday 3 pm. Check out: Clients are dropped off at 7 am at the pickup locations.


Weather Refuge Center – (Pilot Expansion Winter Warming Centers – City and County of Sacramento): Southside Park Pool House,
2017 Sixth Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Warming centers open on days when the Pilgrimage Rotating Shelter is not open and overnight temperatures are forecast to be at or below 40 degrees. Open to men, women, and children. Provides a heated indoor space with blankets, water, hot chocolate, and snacks. The center will be CLOSED March 23rd and 24th. All dates are subject to change if the forecast changes to be above 40 degrees. Will be open additional dates which have not yet been confirmed. Pets are welcome. Dog kennels of varying sizes, bags of dog food, blankets for each kennel and veterinary services will be provided on site. Donations of new blankets can be brought to the warming center during open hours.


First Step Communities: Pilgrimage Rotating Overnight Shelter at various locations

A rotating emergency shelter program that provides the basic necessities of shelter, safety, and meals to homeless adults by collaborating with local food banks and churches. Meets 8-10 times per month at different sponsoring churches for overnights. Only one church is open per night.  Clients are provided shelter for the night including a sleeping mat and bag. Cots available for those with special sleeping needs. Dinner, breakfast, and movie provided. Intake: Show up at the church doors at 5 pm on a scheduled overnight. Check the online calendar for dates, locations and times. Open to adults 18 and older.


Downtown Winter Warming Center: 904 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

With continued extreme winter weather, Volunteers of America is partnering with the City of Sacramento to provide an emergency overnight winter refuge for 40 homeless individuals and their pets. •    The temporary location is located at 904 11th Street (11th x I Street) •    The heated indoor space will be open every night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. •    Blankets, water, and snacks will be provided. •    To access the shelter please report in person to the 11th Street location for intake. An ongoing emergency winter refuge location is being sought to operate through April of 2017.


Warming Center – Wind Youth Services: 3671 Fifth Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820 (ONLY YOUTH AGES 18 – 24)

Provides an emergency overnight winter refuge for 20 homeless youth ages 18-24 and their pets. Open daily from February 8th to March 31st. Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, water and snacks will be provided. Telephone or walk-in during intake hours (Monday through Sunday 6 am – 4 pm) to get on the list for that night. It is first come first served so clients are advised to call or walk-in as early as possible. Clients who stay the night will be given first priority for a spot the following night. ID required within 30 days of intake. The warming center is open Monday through Sunday 6pm – 6am.


Warming Center – The Salvation Army: 1200 North B Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
916-442-0331 (Press 0)

Winter warming center open to 23 men and 23 women that were not able to secure a bed from one of the shelters in town. Provides a heated indoor space with blankets, cots, snack, and dinner. Center open from the night of March 20th to the night of March 24th. This warming center opens during times of inclement weather and future dates will be announced. Adult men and women. No animals allowed. Walk-in from 3 – 4 pm for intake on dates the shelter is open. Intake is held at the Salvation Army Center of Hope Emergency Shelter. After a screening process, accepted individuals will walk to the warming center at a nearby location at 6 pm. First come, first served. Warming center open from 6 pm to 8 am.


Sandbag Locations:

When filled and placed properly, sandbags can help minimize the damage caused by floodwaters and heavy rains. When conditions warrant, Sacramento County and the cities in Sacramento County may make sandbags available to residents. In addition, many hardware stores also carry sandbag supplies.

Sacramento County Sandbag Information:
Sacramento County sandbag sites: (check website for open locations)

City of Sacramento Sandbag Information: (No locations open – Dial 3-1-1 for updated information)


City of Galt Sandbag Information: (No locations open) 

City of Folsom Sandbag Information: (2 locations open)

City of Rancho Cordova Sandbag Information: (No locations open-Check website for updates)

City of Elk Grove Sandbag Information: (No locations open-Check website for updates)


Cold Weather Resources:

Caltrans – 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-427-ROAD)

Winter Driving Tips Brochure (PDF format)

5-1-1 Sacramento Region Travel Information
Dial 5-1-1

National Weather Service

Sacramento Ready 916-874-4670 Offers Information on all types of emergencies, alerts, preparedness, response and recovery to these emergencies.