Thursday, June 13, 2024
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County agencies help residents prepare for bitter cold

By Kacie Lawrence/For the Sentinel

MURRAY – Everyone may be getting stocked up on bread and milk for the upcoming cold temps in our region, but does everyone have a place to stay warm?

Colder air will be moving into our area over the weekend, with below freezing temperatures expected throughout next week. The Calloway County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), in coordination with Murray State University (MSU), opened a warming center at the Cutchin Fieldhouse (formerly known as Racer Arena) located at 333 North 14th St. on the MSU campus. The entrance for the warming center will be located on the south side of the building. 

Officials opened the center at noon yesterday, and the hours of operation will be based on occupancy. Emergency Management Director Josh Kerr advised that updates on the center’s hours will be provided on the agency’s Facebook page (@CallowayOEM).

The “warming center” is different from a “warming shelter” in that it is only considered to be a temporary place for those in need – no cots, bedding or food are provided. Kerr suggested a few things that people may want to bring with them, depending on long they plan to be at the center. 

“They may wish to bring snacks or water along with any required medications. A blanket may also be a good idea for personal comfort,” Kerr advised. 

A post on OEM’s Facebook page states that no animals will be allowed in the center, of any kind. 

“Service animals would be the exception,” Kerr clarified. “Those would be welcomed; however, it would be the owner’s responsibility to care for the animal’s needs. We would also request that they be properly leashed or in a crate.”

For those who are worried about their furry friends, the Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter is actively assisting those in need of shelter and other materials to keep animals warm at this time. Contact the shelter by calling 270-759-4141 or simply stop by – the shelter is located at 81 Shelter Lane – for assistance.

In a Facebook post, the OEM warned the public to ensure proper ventilation and to use carbon monoxide detectors when using gas heating as well as generators. It is also important to remember that when using individual electric heaters, circuits should not be overloaded or used with electrical extension cords, and as always, keep all flammable items away from heaters and heating elements. 

To stay up to date on weather-related issues or for more information regarding the warming center check the OEM Facebook page or, for weather issues only, the US National Weather Service of Paducah Kentucky website.  

Sentinel Staff

Jessica Paine
I’m Jessica Paine, founder of The Murray Sentinel. You may know me from my time as a citizen journalist, running the Calloway Covid-19 Count page on Facebook, or you may be familiar with my more recent work for another local news outlet. Being that I’m “from here,” you may have known me since I was “knee-high to a grasshopper,” although you knew me as Jessica Jones. But whether you know me or not, I’m glad you found your way here.


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