OEM offers shelter from the storm

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:40am
Staff Reports

The early winter wrath that is dropping snow and temperatures prompted the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management to open an emergency warming shelter at a Nashville church Wednesday.

Done in conjunction with the Nashville Red Cross, the shelter was opened to assist residents in need of a warm meal and place to stay during extreme cold. It includes people that may have lost power in their homes as well as those who may be homeless.

The shelter is housed at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 1508 Arthur Ave., is housing the shelter, which opened Wednesday afternoon. If the need arises, the Red Cross announced it would open additional shelters. 

"Nashville has been in the deep freeze for several days now and the temperature continues to drop with the threat of accumulating snowfall," said Interim OEM Director Stephen Halford. "It is imperative that everyone seek shelter. With the opening of this shelter and the ability to add more, there's simply no reason for anyone to be turned away that wants a warm place to stay to get out of the cold."  

The Nashville Humane Association will deploy mobile units to provide shelter for domestic animals, as pets will not be permitted in the Red Cross locations. Qualified, credentialed animal handlers will care for the pets while staying in close proximity to their owners, according to the association.

The Office of Emergency Management also is coordinating with several Metro government and nonprofit agencies to provide transportation to shelters and the Nashville Mission as needed.

United Way 2-1-1 will be processing transportation requests, as well as providing general information to the public. The call takers will be available daily around-the-clock. 

For more information about protecting your family and your home during extreme cold, click here.