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Wind chill facor threatens people living on the streets, prompting cooridnated response through 211 phone line.

KOIN 6 NEWS. - Emergency shelters have been opened because of the wind chill factor.Emergency shelters were opened again Monday night in Portland because of the freezing temperatures created by wind chill factors.

Anyone needing shelter is urged to call the 211 line to learn more and arrange transportation.

On Sunday, the first day of the opening, around 35 people came to Transition Projects' warming center at Imago Dei in Southeast Portland. Imago. It is set to open again, along with the Bud Clark Commons' day center in Old Town/Chinatown and a site in Gresham. Those spaces have room for a few hundred people, but no one in need will be turned away, with additional sites able to open as needed, providers says.

In addition, Portland police officers are actively looking for and checking on vulnerable people, and facilitating transportation to warming shelters as needed.

Calls to 211 are answered in over 150 languages. People can also visit 211's website at http://www.211info.org for updated information and sign up for emails or texts about updated warming center locations. Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation. Families with children seeking shelter should also call 211 and will be directed to a shelter that can accommodate children.

During extreme cold weather, there is increased risk of exposure-related injuries for unsheltered people who do not have sufficient gear, such as coats, hats, gloves, footwear, tarps, sleeping bags and blankets. Anyone wishing to donate can contact 211info by dialing 211 or going to http://211info.org.

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