County of Marin - News Releases - Severe Weather Shelter

For Immediate Release
December 01, 2022

Marin Opens Severe Weather Emergency Shelter

Activation during cold snap designed to support those experiencing homelessness

En Español: Activación de Albergue de Emergencia por Clima Severo  

San Rafael, CA –
 Unusually cold temperatures and forecasted rain have prompted Marin County to activate its Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) is opening an overnight shelter from 3 p.m. Friday, December 2, through 10 a.m. Saturday, December 3,  at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus (3240 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael). Those experiencing homelessness can seek temporary relief from the heated San Rafael location. Individuals are encouraged to sign in by 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a freeze warning for Marin County, in effect from 11 p.m. Thursday, December 1, through 9 a.m. Friday, December 2, with unseasonably low temperatures continuing through Saturday. Plus, rain is forecast to return over the weekend.

Emergency officials encourage everyone to protect the “4 Ps” from cold:

  • People: Wear layers, limit time outdoors, and check heaters in advance. Give special attention to older adults and young children, who can lose body heat more quickly than others.
  • Pets: Bring pets indoors at night and provide them with plenty of warmth.
  • Plants: Cover or bring in sensitive plants indoors.
  • Pipes: Wrap exposed outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.

In addition, check that your emergency kit is up to date. Winter storms can cause unexpected power outages. Having things like flashlights, spare batteries and extra blankets nearby can go a long way during a winter power outage.

For more information on preparing for severe weather visit Marin HHS Emergency Information.  For more information on shelters in Marin visit Housing First Marin.  Visit for ongoing emergency information in Marin County.


Dr. Lisa Santora
Deputy Public Health Officer
Health and Human Services

3240 Kerner Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 473-4163
Email: Dr. Lisa Santora
Marin HHS website