Severe Weather Event Opens Medford Warming Shelter

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has issued a severe weather event declaration effective Thursday, December 9. The declaration allows the use of approved severe event shelter facilities to provide overnight lodging when the temperature is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Fahrenheit with additional factors such as precipitation or wind.

In response to severe weather conditions, this declaration helps meet the increased need for shelter. The City is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary.

ACCESS will be coordinating the severe event shelter and associated services. Please contact Matt Rogers, ACCESS Peer support and Outreach Supervisor at mrogers@accesshelps.org regarding specifics on the shelter and available services.

Severe Event Shelter Location and Information: Navigation Center located at 685 Market Street and will be open starting 5:30 p.m. on Thursday through 8:30 a.m. the next day. Services include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities.

Anyone interested in volunteering or have resources to contribute may email medfordemergencyshelter@gmail.com for more information.

The City has been working with community service providers to develop the framework for opening a severe event shelter and relies on those organizations who have the tools and expertise to staff the shelter. It is the City’s responsibility to monitor forecasted weather conditions, coordinate with service providers to determine staffing ability and if staffing is available, declare a severe event.

For more information or to request a consultation to become an approved severe weather or temporary shelter facility, contact Deputy Fire Marshal, Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.

Courtesy of the City of Medford

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