Cold weather shelters open this weekend
SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Emergency Management officials have again coordinated with the county's municipalities, the Salvation Army and faith-based partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need due to the predicted drop in temperatures this weekend.
The following shelters will be open:
Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 10th St., Sarasota.
The Salvation Army will conduct its normal cold weather operation plan Saturday and Sunday, which includes the front porch opening at 4 p.m., with intake expected to begin at 6:30 p.m.; the front porch will re-open at 4:30 a.m. and remain open until 5 a.m., when the welcome center opens.
New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, will open 5 p.m. Sunday only.
Emergency Management officials remind residents that pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.
Sarasota County Fire Department officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their home, as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices, so extreme caution is advised.