Cold weather emergency contacts for Maryland, DC and Virginia

While many residents in the area retreat indoors for cold weather, there are many, including the homeless, elderly, disabled and pets who have restricted options in freezing temperatures.

There are agencies in the area you can call if you need to help anyone in need with finding shelter in Cold Emergency situations.

If you come across anyone who has been outside and is unconscious or not breathing, please call 911.

Washington, D.C

Warming sites are opened when D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency activates a "Cold Emergency" Alert.

DC Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093, or 1-800-535-7252 or email
Online: or
For pets: The Washington Humane Society (202) 723-5730

A list of D.C. shelters can be found online.

Montgomery County, Md.

Prince George's County, Md.

Fairfax County, Va.

Arlington County, Va.

Arlington County Community Assistance Bureau: (703) 228-1300

Online resources in Arlington County

Loudoun County, Va.

Loudoun Cold Weather Shelter: (571) 258-3033

Online resources can be found through Volunteers of America Chesapeake