(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek declared a state of emergency in Multnomah County due to the severe cold weather. Multnomah County Commission Chair Jessica Vega Pederson asked for the declaration. The county has opened seven emergency shelters to help homeless people get out of the cold weather. Jackson and Josephine counties also requested state help, but didn't make an emergency declaration. The approval was based on recommendations from the Oregon Department of Emergency Management.