Benefits Line: 503-823-6031
1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 987, Portland, OR 97204
Take care of yourself, Portland people! And if you can, help take care of the people who need us most this winter.
Stay safe out there! Preparing yourself, your household, and the people you care about is key. It may also allow you to help others during the next cold weather emergency.
There are steps you can take now to help prepare for this weather:
General emergency preparedness: https://www.portland.gov/pbem/employeepreparedness
Prepare for a power outage: https://www.publicalerts.org/power-outage
Cold weather safety: https://www.publicalerts.org/winter-weather
Transportation info: https://www.portland.gov/transportation/weather
Review the BHR FAQ What are the City rules about Inclement Weather and Closures? for a refresher of expectations if any City closures, delayed openings, or early closures are needed.
During extremely severe weather, the City assists the Joint Office of Homeless Services with providing extra emergency shelters. It takes help from across the City to adequately staff emergency shelters when they open.
You can help by signing up to work in a shelter or delivering supplies, guests or staff to shelter sites.
For more information about our shelter model, visit Multnomah County's Disaster Resource Center webpage.
Anyone interested in working at a Disaster Resource Center (DRC) should refer to our Training Guide and position descriptions. All Required Trainings are web-based.
○ Interested in working? Fill out this form, which will also tell you what your required training is based on the role you are interested in filling: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/12321548970849b3857137b817feecbe
Emergency Shelter Work During Extreme Weather FAQ: This document explains the different opportunities for winter weather work related to shelter operations, how to prepare for those roles, and how to code your time for the training and work.
If you’re not able to work at a shelter, there are other ways to help. Find out how to donate needed winter clothing here: https://www.211info.org/donations
Descriptions of onsite positions filled by staff and volunteers from the City of Portland, Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) team, among many others.
Frequently asked questions for emergency warming/cooling shelter work during extreme weather - updated 12/22/2021