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Warming Shelters Open In Kanawha County

Reported: Jan. 6, 2014 11:38 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 4:29 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Kanawha County emergency officials said warming shelters are available for residents.

The Hansford Center in St. Albans will be closing at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen if needed. The Red Cross Salvation Army Shelter on Tennessee Avenue and the South Charleston Community Recreation Center will stay open all night.

Meanwhile, the homeless shelters in the city will continue to be open and available to anyone as long as room is available.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- The arrival of frigid arctic air and snow has prompted plans to open some shelters where people can get warm.

Kanawha County emergency officials said in a news release Monday that the Hansford Center in St. Albans is currently open as a warming shelter. The Salvation Army and Red Cross on Tennessee Avenue planned to open a warming shelter at noon. Other warming centers or shelters will become available if needed.

The opening of the shelters comes as temperatures are expected to descend through the day Monday and tonight to dangerous levels of wind chills.

In Putnam County, the armory in Eleanor was open as a warming shelter and expected to remain open through Monday night, Frank Chapman with the armory said.

Meanwhile, the city of South Charleston said that in case of a power outage, the South Charleston Community Center will be open for 24 hours for anyone seeking shelter from the cold.

Kanawha County Emergency Management and the city of Charleston Emergency Management said they want to ensure residents that they are ready to respond to winter weather and cold temperatures and urge the public to be aware of potential cold weather emergencies.

For more information, officials said you can refer to the agency’s Facebook page and like the “Kanawha County Emergency Management” page at this
link

You also can follow the agency on Twitter @kccdhsem for updates regarding cold weather and other emergencies.

Officials said fire safety is also important during severe cold weather. If you are using an alternative heating source be sure that is has room to ventilate and there is at least a 3-foot safety area around the heating unit. It may also be a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector near where you sleep if you are using an alternative heating source.

Emergency officials said they have spoken to the homeless shelters in the area and they will have their doors open for anyone as long as space is available.

Meanwhile, if you know of a neighbor or elderly person who does not have access to warm temperatures, water please call, or your power is out please call the Metro Community Support Line at 304-744-6843
.



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