Cold Weather Shelters On Stand-By
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In these freezing temperatures, people are trying to escape the cold anyway they can.
"Come for the activity and to stay out of the cold and be with my friends," Brenda Pennington said, saying she's taking advantage of The Hansford Center in Saint Albans.
It's just one of many warming centers set up all across Kanawha County.
"We're on standby. If we get a call, we will be open to accommodate anyone who has a power outage and needs to be warm," said Kathy Barnett, director of The Hansford Center.
The shelters are part of a plan to help out when unpredictable power outages hit, but emergency management officials are hoping you can plan ahead, too.
"We feel everyone should be prepared to stand upon their own for 72 hours at least until we can get there to help or where we can get them to somewhere they can take care of themselves," explained Dale Petry, director of Kanawha County Homeland Security.
Taking care of your entire family. Even if you think you can survive the cold, officials say, don't risk it. That's what the shelters are for.
Kanwaha County Emergency Ambulance Authority Chaplain Mike Jarrett, said, "Especially if you have young children, to be able to get your family to a place that is warm. The emergency management has gone to great lengths this morning in planning and getting shelters opened up."
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Warming centers are opening in the area due to frigid arctic air and snow.
As of Tuesday morning, The following centers are open in West Virginia:
Hansford Center in St. Albans: Open until 4 p.m. They will come back in after 4 p.m. if you need assistance. Call Kanawha County Emergency Management and they will relay the message to the center.
Valley Fire Department, 28409 Huntington Road, Apple Grove, W.Va.; Open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice. More information is available by calling 304-576-2237.
National Guard Armory in Eleanor: Will be open until further notice
Putnam County Community Center: Warming center at the community center in Hurricane will be open until further notice. Due to power issues, Putnam County 911 says power may be shut off in the area to complete repairs.
Racine Volunteer Fire Department in Boone County: There is a natural gas outage in the area, but the warming center is still open. They have electric heat and a backup generator.
South Charleston Community Center: Will be open 24 hours for anyone seeking shelter from the cold.
In Ohio, the following shelters is open:
Middleport Village Hall: Will be open 24/7
In Kentucky, the following shelter is open:
Johnson County Rescue Squad/Staffordsville Fire Department: Open as a warming station and will remain open until further notice.
Johnson County Rescue squad address and phone number:
1576 Ky. Route 2275, Staffordsville (606) 297-5555
Other warming centers or shelters will be available if needed.
Emergency officials say fire safety is also important during severe cold weather. If you are using an alternative heating source, be sure that it has room to ventilate and there is at least a 3-feet safety area around the heating unit.
They suggest installing a carbon monoxide detector near where you sleep if you are using an alternative heat source.