City of Portland, Multnomah County declare State of Emergency ahead of winter weather

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Portland City Hall in the Snow

Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a State of Emergency ahead of predicted winter weather this weekend. The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, 2022.

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday morning through late Sunday night. They are predicting an "increasingly cold and snowy holiday weekend."

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury also declared a State of Emergency for Multnomah County that goes into effect on Friday, Dec. 24.

The City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Joint Office of Homeless Services will open severe winter weather shelters beginning Saturday, Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. 

Severe weather shelter list and map, Dec. 2021 | Multnomah County (

How To Help

Here are a few basic ways you can help your neighbors who might be in need.

If you see someone outside without shelter, and it appears they might need assistance, please call the non-emergency police line.

Non-emergency Police Line - (503) 823 – 3333

If someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Multnomah County’s 24-hour crisis line.

Multnomah County 24-hour Crisis Line - (503) 988 – 4888

On our coldest night, when we’ve declared a severe weather emergency, please call 211 if you see someone who needs shelter. During severe weather, no one seeking a shelter bed will be turned away.

Another way you can help is by donating life-saving winter gear early in the season, so outreach teams will have them on hand when conditions turn especially cold.

Go to to find lists of providers and their needs for winter gear – hats, coats, gloves, sleeping bags and socks, etc. Many providers include online shopping links along with their lists, making donating more convenient than ever. You can donate right from your phone or computer in just a few minutes.

You can also go to and sign up with Transition Projects to train as a warming shelter volunteer. Transition Projects is one of the community partners paid through the Joint Office of Homeless Services to staff severe weather shelters on the coldest or snowiest nights of the year. 

Remember, we can make a difference when we work together to keep our neighbors safe, warm and dry.

Winter weather and City of Portland services

The City is responsible for Portland's streets, parks, water, storm drains and garbage collection, which can all be impacted by winter weather. Up-to-date winter weather information will help you prepare for – and get through – the next snowpocalypse.

Winter Weather Basics and FAQ

Winter Weather Center

Winter Weather Road Closures and Chain Advisories