People can die from hypothermia, a condition brought on when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
If you are concerned about someone sleeping outside in severe weather, contact the following:
- During Business Hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Housing and Human Services, 703-248-5005 (TTY 711)
- After Hours: Police Department Non-Emergency, 703-241-5050 (TTY 711)
If you see someone who appears to have hypothermia or is in distress, call 911.
Through March 30, 2019, additional shelter resources are available to those who are homeless in the Northern Virginia area. Hypothermia Shelters have a no "turn away" policy and give the homeless an opportunity to protect themselves from severe weather. For additional information, please visit the website.