Having gone through this just last month, organizers of some of the seven local warming stations in the area said Wednesday morning that they were ready to shelter those who may find themselves out in the cold during severe winter weather.
Joe Jankoski, community chapter executive director of the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of the American Red Cross, said his agency set up three shelters in the county.
“We have volunteers on standby, and they were working them Monday and Tuesday night,” Jankoski said. “We’re just waiting to see what happens.”
Those shelters will remain open as long as necessary in the event of bad weather, Jankoski said.
“The goal is to get people back to their normal routines as quickly as possible, but if something happens and we’re in dangerous conditions for an extended period of time, then we’ll remain open,” he said.
Waiting on the approaching ice and snow in his office at City Hall, Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker said Wednesday afternoon that the city is ready for what may come. A warming station is open at the Piedmont Civic Center, he said, although as of 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, no one had used it.
“That’s what happened last time. We opened it and nobody came,” Baker said. “But it’s available if they need it.”
Overnight Red Cross shelters that will open as weather demands are:
• First Baptist Church of Jacksonville at 230 7th St. 256-435-7263
• Oxford Civic Center at 401 McCullars Lane. 256-831-2660.
•Heflin Baptist Church at 155 Almon St. 256-463-2576
In addition to the Red Cross shelters several other local agencies and municipalities have opened shelters.
Other area shelters open are:
• The Salvation Army of Anniston at 420 Noble Street. 256-236-5643
• Piedmont Civic Center at 500 Mill St. 256-447-3367.
• Heflin Recreation Center at 1228 Coleman St. 256-463-5434.
• Carver Community Center at 720 W 14th St. 256-231-7630.