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Oklahoma agencies open shelters for winter storm

Central Oklahoma agencies open shelters for those in need during this winter storm.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: February 1, 2011
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Two central Oklahoma agencies are preparing to shelter those left in need by the winter storm.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will have three shelters and a warming station open, spokeswoman Heide Brandes said.


A men's shelter at 330 SW 5 is open to single men and the family shelter at 516 S Hudson is open to couples, parents and children.

“We expect to see additional persons seeking shelter from the storm,” Brandes said. “The Oklahoma City shelters are fully stocked with extra mats, cots and blankets available.”

The Cleveland County Corps office at 318 E Hayes in Norman also is prepared if needed, Brandes said.

The Canadian County Service Unit at 201 S Bickford in El Reno will serve as a warming station. It will open at 8 a.m. today.

Brandes said donations of blankets and clean pillows are welcome.

Red Cross shelter teams are on standby, said Janienne Bella, CEO of the Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross.

Officials will decide where and when to open shelters as the storm moves through the area, Bella said. Trailers full of shelter supplies will then be dispatched to the community buildings, such as churches, that can serve as temporary housing for stranded motorists and residents without power.

Those in need can contact the Red Cross at 228-9500.


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