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Winter shelter emergency declared for Thursday and Friday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati Health Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru jointly declared a Winter Shelter Emergency for Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21.

This means the Emergency Winter Shelter located at the Over-the-Rhine Community Center, 1715 Republic St., will be open both nights from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. Social service agencies and community organizations should refer people who are not accepted by existing shelters to the OTR Center. Staff is continuing to monitor the weather conditions during this cold spell for future Emergency Winter Shelter openings.

Though very much appreciated and valued, the OTR Emergency Weather Shelter is not equipped or staffed to handle unexpected donations. Individuals interested in making food or clothing donations or volunteering their time need to contact Josh Spring of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless at 421-7803 ext. 13. This year the Coalition is especially in need of donated blankets.

A Winter Shelter Emergency is declared when temperatures are in the single digits and/or wind chill is in the single digits for sustained periods of time; when it is determined that regular shelters are expected to be filled to capacity; and life threatening conditions could result from lack of temporary housing. In addition, the Winter Shelter Emergency communication system remains activated.

Given these extreme temperatures, the Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caution people to protect themselves, and to check to make sure their families, friends and neighbors stay safe and warm this winter.

Remember to:

  • Eat well balanced meals with plenty of carbohydrates, and avoid alcohol.
  • Limit skin exposure to the extreme cold and avoid extended periods of exposure.
  • Wear proper clothing such as a hat, scarf, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens and several layers of dry clothing.
  • If you suspect a problem with frostbite or hypothermia, you should seek medical care. If body temperature is below 95 degrees, it is an emergency.
  • CDC Cold weather tips: http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/a100105.htm

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