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Emergency shelter available during cold weather

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By The Staff

As record low temperatures continue to impact Lancaster County, an emergency shelter has become available for residents in need.

Lancaster County Emergency Management announced Monday, Jan. 6, the opening of a shelter for anyone suffering from the extreme cold. 

Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said the emergency shelter is available for anyone who loses power or heat during this stretch of frigid weather, which has been forecast to last through Wednesday.  

Anyone who loses power or heat during the next few days should contact Public Safety Communication at (803) 283-4136 for directions to the shelter.

"The combination of uncommonly low temperatures and high winds creates a likely potential for issues where citizens may lose power and need help quickly.” Russell said in a press release. “In addition, citizens need to make preparations to combat the potential issues that could arise because of these conditions.”   

Russell said residents can guard against the low temperatures by checking their heating fuel, allowing faucets to drip to prevent freezing, checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and bringing pets inside.