Deciding to activate is a complex and uncertain business. Here are some basic things to understand about how we developed the protocol (at bottom of this page).
Churches, volunteers, and support agencies want to be notified that we are activating 48 hours in advance.
We have to make a decision based on the best forecasts we have 48 hours in advance.
After 5 years of observing weather and forecasts, we now rely on a combination of the Weather Underground Whiteaker Station, Fairmount Station, Weather.com and Accu-Weather plus 3 degrees.
Winter overnight low temperatures at the airport are generally a 3-5 degrees colder than downtown.
We regret when we miss a call.
Providing decent housing to everyone, all the time is a desperate social problem. Egan's small contribution to that problem is providing emergency shelter when severe cold threatens lives. If you have suggestions on improving the protocol or data used to make a decision please send us an e-mail. (dozer827 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
559 individuals served, including 14 under the age of 18
1,699 beds provided
3, 400 meals provided
325 volunteers serving 4,250 hours
all in 6 nights 2/3-2/8
Thank you Egan Volunteers, partner agencies and community allies for helping to save lives!
Folks who live on the streets know MAJ Thomas Egan is alive and well in the hearts of more than 400 people who orchestrated the Egan Warming Center during recent cold weather. To see photos and a video of this year’s Ceremony of Remembrance for MAJ Egan, click here.
2014 Long-Range Weather Forecast for Eugene, Oregon
Winter will be much snowier than normal, with frequent snows from mid-December through the first three weeks of January. Rainfall will be near normal, with temperatures below normal, on average, in the north and above in the south. The coldest periods will occur in mid- to late December, early to mid-January, and mid- to late January.
April and May will be much warmer and slightly drier than normal.
Last Season Numbers
Egan Warming Center Leadership monitor local weather forecasts.
Activation Status is changed to Standby when the forecast overnight lows are below 30 degrees.
Volunteers are notified and asked to check in with availability. Support agencies are also notified.
Activation Alert Status increases to Activate 24 hours (the day before) if forecast lows remain below 30 degrees.
the low temperature cut-off is below 30 Degrees.
After two consecutive days of Eugene Inversion weather (under freezing with cold wet days) we are authorized to activate.
In emergency situations a 12 hour activation cycle is authorized.
Once activated we monitor the weather and stand down on 24 hour notice when weather improves sufficiently.
Volunteers and support agencies are notified daily about the next night status.This decision is made between 4 and 5 PM and communicated to all Site Leads, support agencies, volunteers and guests.
The Egan Warming Center is a coalition of community members representing service providers, religious congregations, nonprofit support agencies, social activist communities and local government who have come together to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15th and March 31st.
Please take a moment and consider how you and/or your organization or business can get involved this winter season. To help in a shelter this winter, please complete an online Volunteer Application today.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.