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Whatís the difference between a Warming Center/Cooling Station and a Shelter

 

 

 

 

 

WARMING CENTERS/COOLING STATIONS vs. SHELTERS

 

 

 

A Warming Center is a facility that has been opened for short term operations due to a specific emergency or event. They are normally opened when temperatures or a combination of precipitation, wind chill, wind and temperatures have or may become dangerous. Their paramount purpose is the prevention of death and injury related to exposure to the elements. Warming centers can help stranded motorists, or residents that have lost critical services. Some warming centers may provide limited food and sleep capabilities.

 

A Cooling Station is a facility that has been opened for short term operations due to a specific emergency or event. They are normally opened when temperatures have or may become dangerous. Their paramount purpose is the prevention of death and injury related to exposure to the elements. Cooling Stations can help stranded motorists or residents that have lost critical services or just need somewhere to escape the heat. Some warming centers may provide limited food and sleep capabilities.

 

 

 

An Emergency Shelter is a place for people to live temporarily when they cannot live in their current residence. The main difference between a warming center and emergency shelter is that an emergency shelter typically specializes in people fleeing a specific type of situation, such as natural or man-made disasters. Another difference from a warming center is that people staying in emergency shelters are more likely to be provided places to sleep or eat for days to months.

 

 

 

Several facilities throughout Henry County have offered to open a warming center or shelter facility when or if needed. If an individual or family needs to relocate to a warming center or emergency shelter please contact the number listed on the web site below. Also, if you are going to one of these facilities itís a good idea to bring a selection of comfort items with you. A sample list can be found at Shelter Supplies Options.

 

 

 

The Henry County Office of Emergency Management will assist local agencies in deciding if a WARMING CENTER, COOLING STATION or EMERGENCY SHELTER is the best option. Whichever is opened, the decision will be based on the estimated duration needed, severity of the incident and/or number of persons displaced and resources available.

 

 

 

 

 

The Henry County Office of Emergency Management is staffed with part time personnel and volunteers. And as such we are not in the office everyday during normal business hours. To contact the Office call (765) 521-0582 if no answer call Central Dispatch at (765) 529-4890.

 

 

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