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Cold-weather shelters established at area churches
Warming stations opening at two locations

RELEASE DATE: January 17, 2018

TAVARES —Several area churches are opening their doors as a refuge for individuals and families vulnerable to freezing temperatures set to affect Lake County this week. The cold-weather shelters will be operating during the overnight hours, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 18 at the following locations:

  • LifePointe Church, located at 3551 E. Orange Ave., Eustis
  • First Baptist Church of Mount Dora, 1000 E. 1st Ave., Mount Dora
  • Trinity Assembly of God, 200 Urick St., Fruitland Park
  • Cathedral of Power Church, 100 E. Minnehaha Ave., Clermont

Warming stations have also been established at two locations, and will operate on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Salvation Army, 2605 South St, Leesburg
  • The Open Door, 115 Citrus Ave., Eustis

“We rely on our local non-profits and religious-affiliated organizations to help with humanitarian efforts during these types of cold-weather events,” said Tommy Carpenter, Director of Lake County’s Office of Emergency Management. “We were very pleased to see LifePointe Church, First Baptist Church of Mount Dora, Trinity Assembly of God and Cathedral of Power Church offer their services to help ensure that those who need a warm place to stay overnight, have a place to go.”

During extreme cold-weather events, the Florida Division of Emergency Management reminds residents of the importance of the five P’s:

  • Protect People: Remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. Try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry.
  • Protect Pets: If cold weather is in the forecast, be sure to bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
  • Protect Plants: Cover cold-sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.
  • Protect Pipes: Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent them from freezing and breaking.
  • Practice Fire Safety: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.

For more information about preparing for extreme cold-weather events, visit www.floridadisaster.org/hazards/extreme-cold. For non-profit and religious organizations who wish to offer sheltering assistance, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420, or email jgussler@lakecountyfl.gov.

 

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352-343-9603
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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