Hypothermia Center Site Visits

To offer a warm, safe place for those seeking shelter from the cold, the county is scheduling site visits with places of worship and nonprofits to ensure that hypothermia site locations address necessary fire and building codes for the 2013-2014 hypothermia season.   

To give sites adequate time to make any adjustments necessary to ensure ongoing safety, all current Fairfax County hypothermia sites may continue to operate as usual during the 2012-2013 hypothermia season. These visits are only intended to address safety codes at these sites when used as hypothermia prevention sites; they will not affect other uses of these sites.

Read this summary of the April 22 meeting to get background information about this issue.

Why Site Visits? 

The county is working together with our partners to address fire and building requirements at shelter sites because:

  • People who are homeless deserve both shelter from the elements and a safe place to stay. Fire and building code requirements don’t discriminate, and they are intended to protect everyone.
  • The hypothermia prevention program has doubled in size. Because of the large number of people served, county officials want to ensure that the hypothermia sites are safe for sleeping overnight.


Debbie Scaggs
County Hypothermia Prevention Manager
703-324-2307, TTY 711

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