The Warming Station and Cold Weather Shelter is available to any Hanceville area resident who is without the means to heat properly and safely heat their home during extremely cold weather, for whatever ever reason. – Hanceville Opens Emergency Warming Station Cold Weather Shelter
Hanceville Opens Emergency Warming Station Cold Weather Shelter
The City of Hanceville has instituted an emergency warming station and cold weather station inside of City Hall.
Due to the recent extreme cold and piercing wind chills, City of Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail announced the opening of (and practical logistics for) the city’s Emergency Warming Station and Cold Weather Shelter this morning.
According to Mayor Nail, the Warming Station and Cold Weather Shelter is available to any Hanceville area resident who is without the means to heat properly and safely heat their home during extremely cold weather, for whatever ever reason. The end goal is to ensure that citizens in southern Cullman County are not at risk for debilitating hypothermia or accidental cold weather death.
Address: 112 Main Street SE, Hanceville, AL 35077
Residents who have no/limited heating in their homes are being asked to come to Hanceville City Hall for shelter. They may enter the building through the rear Hanceville Police Department (HPD) entrance. Once inside, a representative with HPD will greet them, determine the facts of their cold weather situation and then sign them into the facility.
The program participant will then be escorted to the large city council chambers where warm temperatures, fold-out cots, and basic bedding await. There will be common bathroom facilities and drinking water available.
Citizens utilizing the facility will be responsible for their own food, toiletries, and additional bedding.
The warming station will be kept at 75 to 80 degrees. This cold weather shelter is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week during periods of extreme cold. The opening and closing of the shelter will be at the discretion of Mayor Nail and his assessment of the weather based upon the National Weather Service’s forecasts and temperature data.
In the following interviews, Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long and Mayor Nail explain in detail how the emergency cold weather process works and what participants can expect while inside the shelter:
In addition, the City of Hanceville encourages friends, families, and neighbors who believe someone may be at risk during cold weather to call the Hanceville Police Department (256-352-9811). If the caller’s concerns can be verified, officers of the Hanceville Police Department will dispatch to the potentially endangered person’s location and take appropriate action to ensure their health and safety.