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Severe Weather Event Declared to Increase Shelter Availability

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Severe Weather Event Declared to Increase Shelter Availability

Severe Weather Event DeclarationUPDATE (3/16, 12PM) - This severe weather event declaration has ended. 
Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has issued a severe weather event declaration effective Sunday, March 15.

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 it becomes available.

Severe event shelter facilities must complete a number of approval requirements, including a fire safety inspection, prior to providing overnight lodging. Severe event shelters are only approved to operate when there is a severe weather event declared by the City.

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.
Available Severe Event Shelter:
  • First Presbyterian Church
    • 85 S Holly Street
    • Phone: 907-347-3365
    • Hours: 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. next day
Specific COVID-19 shelter guidance, recommended by County officials, has been distributed to the shelter and with volunteers. Volunteers will evaluate the health conditions of individuals as they arrive and have been instructed to call 2-1-1 for further guidance from health officials and assistance, if needed.

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