Community urged to use caution in cold weather as county announces shelter openings


SARASOTA COUNTY - A predicted drop in temperatures to the low 30s has Sarasota County Emergency Management officials reminding residents to be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside. 

The National Weather Services is advising that a cold front will clear the region later today, bringing in a much colder air mass. Overnight, low temperatures will range from the mid-30s around Tampa Bay and the I-4 corridor, to the upper 30s south of I-4. When combined with breezy north winds, minimum wind chills will range from the low 20s and upper teens north of I-4 to the low to mid 20s elsewhere.  
"It is important that the community prepare for colder than usual conditions by taking precautions to protect their homes, families and pets," stressed Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.
Sarasota County has coordinated with the Salvation Army and Faith Based Partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need. The following shelters will be open today:
North County
Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St., Sarasota.
The Salvation Army's front porch opens at 4 p.m., with intake expected to begin at 6:30 p.m.; the front porch will re-open at 4:30 a.m. and remain open until 5 a.m., when the welcome center opens.
South County
Grace United Methodist Church, 400 East Field Ave., Venice, will open at 5 p.m.
New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 8:30 p.m.
Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.
Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their home as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices, so extreme caution is advised.
"Never use propane or gas heaters indoors and be sure that electric space heaters are free from obstructions and are not located where they can be knocked over by children or pets. Always keep all flammable objects away from any heating devices," said McCrane.
For more information visit the county's website at  www.scgov.net, keyword "All Hazards."










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