Shelters open in preparation for severe weather
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Having gone through this just last month, organizers say they’re ready to shelter those who may find themselves out in the cold during the approaching severe winter weather.

Joe Jankoski, community chapter executive director of the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of the American Red Cross, said his agency has three shelters in place across the county that will open in the event the weather becomes dangerous.

“We have volunteers on standby, and they were working them Monday and Tuesday night,” Jankoski said. “We’re just waiting to see what happens.”

Those shelters will remain open as long as necessary in the event of bad weather, Jankoski said.

“The goal is to get people back to their normal routines as quickly as possible, but if something happens and we’re in dangerous conditions for an extended period of time, then we’ll remain open,” he said.  

Overnight Red Cross shelters that will open as weather demands are:

• First Baptist church of Jacksonville at 230 7th St. 256-435-7263

• Oxford Civic Center at 401 McCullars Lane. 256-831-2660.

• Cleburne County Mountain Center at 6751 U.S. 78, Heflin. 256-463-3831.

In addition to the Red Cross shelters several other local agencies and municipalities have opened shelters.

Other area shelters open are:

• The Salvation Army of Anniston at 420 Noble Street. 256-236-5643

• Piedmont Civic Center at 500 Mill St. 256-447-3367.

• Heflin Recreation Center at 1228 Coleman St. 256-463-5434.

Staff Writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @burkhalter_star.

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