Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County and Charlotte County Emergency Management have coordinated with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and community faith-based partners to provide cold weather shelter tonight for those in need.
The following shelters will open at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 18:
Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St., Sarasota, FL 34236
Center of Hope Church, 1216 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
The county says 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.
Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their home, as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices.
"Never use propane or gas heaters indoors and be sure that electric space heaters are free from obstructions and are not located where they can be knocked over by children or pets. Never leave a lighted candle unattended, and always keep all flammable objects away from any heating devices," said Sarasota Co. Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the All Hazards web site at www.scgov.net.