Cold weather shelters to open in Sarasota, Charlotte Counties

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SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Emergency Management officials are responding to the predicted drop in temperatures to the mid to low 30s this week by designating cold weather shelters for those in need.
A cold front of arctic high pressure will build over the eastern U.S. and Florida with skies clearing on brisk northwest winds, with low wind chills possible Wednesday night and Thursday night. Well-below-normal temperatures will persist the remainder of the week.
“When combined with breezy north winds, minimum wind chills will be in the low to mid 30s. It is important that the community prepare for colder than usual conditions by taking precautions to protect their homes, families and pets,” says Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.
The following shelters will be open:
North County
– Salvation Army – Center of Hope, 1400 10th St., Sarasota.
The Salvation Army will conduct its normal cold weather operation plan Tuesday through Friday, which includes the front porch opening 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 E. Field Ave., Venice, will open at 4:30 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday. A hot meal will be provided.
– New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 8:15 P.M. Wednesday and 7 P.M. Thursday.
For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the All Hazards website at www.scgov.net.
Charlotte County

A cold-weather shelter will open Wednesday and Thursday nights for people who need refuge from the anticipated cold temperatures.

The Homeless Coalition, 1476 Kenesaw St. in Port Charlotte, will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. both nights. The American Red Cross will be supporting the shelter with cots and blankets.

For more information contact the Charlotte County Emergency Management Office at (941) 833-4000.