Help Our Community Stay Warm

Updated 01/17/2024: We've added a list of temporary overnight shelters for those in need of warmth and refuge from the cold. If you or someone you know is struggling to find a warm place overnight, there are temporary shelters available in our community.

Overnight Warming Shelters
As the temperatures continue to drop, BFHD is continuing to partner with 211 to identify and share businesses that are interested in participating as a Temporary Warming Center in Benton and Franklin counties.

Temporary Warming Centers are brick-and-mortar locations offering a safe environment for individuals to warm up, normally during regular business hours. Temporary warming centers can help reduce the risk of cold weather-related illnesses.

Message from the Health Officer, Dr. Aren Giske:
BFHD is grateful for all our businesses who are opening their doors to keep our residents warm during the day. “These locations are essential to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our communities throughout the colder months of the year,” said Benton-Franklin Health District’s new Health Officer Dr. Aren Giske (MD). 

If you are interested in joining the 211 list, please reach out to BFHD
's Investigations, BFHD’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Joel Erickson, at [email protected]

Warming Center Flyer 2023-2024 Fall Winter

Weather Safety Blog

Monitor Air Quality & Wildfire Smoke
The Air Quality Alert for our region in Benton and Franklin counties has been extended. It is in effect until noon on Wednesday as the air quality reaches unhealthy levels. If you are planning on being outside for work or other activities, please check the air quality guidelines.

 AQI Monitor 

AQI Childrens Activities 


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Are You Prepared?
Being prepared for an emergency is the best way to protect yourself and your family against any kind of disasters  Here are a few simple steps you can take to prepare

1. Be Informed
2. Plan Ahead
3. Take Action

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