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Warming centers offer sanctuary from bitterly cold temps

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Warming centers provide a place to stay warm when cold temperatures become dangerous. (Graphic: MGN Online) Warming centers provide a place to stay warm when cold temperatures become dangerous. (Graphic: MGN Online)
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

If you or someone you know needs a warm place to stay, there are several designated warming centers.

Warming centers generally welcome anyone who is in need of a place to go that has heat. The locations are not shelters and do not provide food or cots to sleep on. Several of the warming centers do not have back-up power to provide heat in the event that power is lost, so they will remain open as long as utilities are functional. Transportation is not provided, and hours vary at the locations. 

In Athens, the warming center is located at the Beasley Center on the corner of Bryan Street and Marion Street. The center will be open through Wednesday morning. Members of the Athens First United Methodist Church will be manning the station throughout the time it is open. For more information, call (256) 232-2020.

In DeKalb County, Union Grove Baptist Church has a warming station located on Union Grove Road in Crossville, just off Highway 68 across from the Noah's Ark Learning Center. It will be open until noon Wednesday. For more information, call (256) 528-7360.

There are also several warming centers in Marshall County, including First Baptist Church of Albertville, First Baptist Church of Guntersville, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Albertville Rec Center, Arab Rec Center, Arab Library, Boaz Rec Center, Boaz Library, Albertville Senior Center, Arab Senior Center, Boaz Senior Center, Douglas Senior Center, Grant Senior Center, Guntersville Library, Guntersville Senior Center, and Martling Senior Center. For more information, call the Crisis Services of North Alabama at (256) 716-1000.

Officials in the Huntsville-Metro area have not announced any warming stations. 

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