Over the last several days of winter weather, warming centers have been open across the city to anyone needing a warm dry place to go. Individuals and families affected by power outages and in need of a dry warm place are also encouraged to visit one of the following locations:
- City of Eugene Rec facilities: All community centers, as well as Echo Hollow and Sheldon Pools, are open for regular hours
- Downtown Eugene Public Library, and Sheldon and Bethel Branches: Open for regular hours
- St. Vincent DePaul’s Lindholm Center (456 Highway 99): Open today as capacity allows
- Egan Warming Centers: Will activate tonight (3/1) and are on standby for Saturday (3/2) and Sunday (3/3). Egan staff continue to seek any trained volunteers who can safely make it to their locations. Volunteers currently associated with the open warming center locations are encouraged to contact their volunteer coordinator.
The City encourages people to continue to use caution when outside as some roads and sidewalks may be slick and trees and tree branches may continue to fall. Use extreme caution with downed trees and do not cut trees with power lines or wires in them. It’s difficult to tell when power lines are live. Lines that don’t have power can suddenly be turned on as line crews are out working to restore power.
For those without power, the City also urges taking extra precautions when using alternative power and heat sources during inclement weather. Use only listed and labeled equipment. Never leave such items unattended. Read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions. The use of gas appliances, such as generators, grills and bullet heaters increase the number of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer,” it is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. Exposure to carbon monoxide may cause headache, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, loss of consciousness and death. Battery operated carbon monoxide detectors are recommended. Make sure alternative heat sources are approved for indoor use. Pay special attention to clearance and ventilation requirements.
Be a Good Neighbor
The City is encouraging people to be good neighbors. Those who are aware of a neighbor who is without power and may be vulnerable are encouraged to check on their safety and well-being if it is safe to do so. Those without power for an extended period are encouraged to shelter with family or friends who do have power.
Important Public Information
- Downed trees or road issues in Eugene: Call 541-682-4800
- Immediate life and safety emergencies: Call 9-1-1
- Power outages: Call EWEB at 844-484-2300
- Non-emergency inquiries for County residents: Call Lane County's call center for non-emergency inquiries related to winter weather at 541-682-3977 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)