Cal OES Works with State Agencies and Local Governments to Ensure Vulnerable Californians Stay Safe During Winter Weather 


California is currently experiencing the second in a series of wet, windy, and dangerous storms that may continue for the next 7 to 10 days. Through the State Operations Center, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), continues to serve as a critical hub to direct state emergency response and recovery activities through this winter weather. 

Through this ongoing difficult weather, Cal OES is working with local, state, federal, and tribal partners to ensure vulnerable Californians have the support to stay safe. Cal OES is working to deliver resources and support to the most at-risk residents including providing housing and homelessness partners information on available resources and programs for people experiencing homelessness. This work includes:  

  • Providing outreach and shelters for people experiencing homelessness  
  • Encouraging providers to conduct proactive outreach 
  • Furnishing necessary transportation where possible to shelters 
  • Removing barriers for Californians to easily enter a shelter and keep their belongings 

 The National Weather Service is forecasting another potentially impactful storm to return early next week. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe: 

  • Stay informed, sign up for emergency alerts from your county.  
  • Have a family emergency plan, know your evacuation routes 
  • Check on family members or neighbors  
  • And always, follow directions from local officials. And if told to evacuate, do so immediately. 

 For more information of helpful tips and resources for vulnerable Californians, please visit the California Health and Human Services Emergency Resource Guide. 

 Available Shelters as of 0700 hours, January 5, 2023:  

County   Type   Location   Overnight Shelter Count  
Contra Costa   Congregate Shelter   Diablo Valley College  

321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523  

Monterey County   Congregate Shelter   Sherwood Hall  

940 N. Main St. Salinas, CA 93906  

Sacramento   Congregate  


Barbra Morse Wackford Community Center 9014 Bruceville Road, Room B, Elk Grove CA 95758    
San Mateo   Non-Congregate Shelter   Vagabond Inn  

1640 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame CA – 94010  

Santa Clara   Congregate Shelter   Seven Trees Community Center  

3590 Cas Dr. San Jose, CA 95111  

Santa Barbara   Congregate Shelter   Wake Center  

300 N. Turnpike Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93111  

Santa Cruz   Congregate Shelter   Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium  

307 Church St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060  

Sonoma   Congregate Shelter   Sonoma County Fairgrounds Craft Hall  

1350 Bennett Valley Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404  



Additionally, through the State Operations Center, Cal OES is coordinating supplementary outreach through other state agencies and departments: 

  • Working with the California Department of Aging’s State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to connect local Ombudsmen with the corresponding local Access and Functional Needs Coordinator to better support older adults and people with access or functional needs in their operational areas.  
  • Partnering and coordinating with the California Department of Social Services Disaster Services Branch to support inclusive, integrated, accessible sheltering operations.  
  • Maintaining ongoing communications with community partners and stakeholders serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with access and functional needs.