FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/05/2021 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –
The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is included in a partnership between local agencies and organizations known as the Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force. The task force aims to coordinate and establish warming centers in Licking County for individuals who are in need of a warm and safe place to temporarily shelter on extremely cold days or nights during the winter.
The Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force announces the opening of a warming center for anyone who is seeking a place to get out of the cold on Saturday, February 6, and Sunday, February 7, in preparation for extremely cold temperatures.
The Task Force’s threshold for opening a Warming Center is 10 degrees. Based on weather forecasted by EMA, Saturday and Sunday’s low temperature is predicted at 9 degrees.
Saturday, February 6: The Warming Center will be located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 592 W Main St, in Newark. The Warming Center will be operational from 5 pm Saturday through 8 am on Sunday. Due to COVID social distancing requirements, the capacity for this location is 16 individuals.
Sunday, February 7: The Warming Center will be located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 592 W Main St, in Newark. The Warming Center will be operational from 5 pm Sunday through 8 am on Monday. Due to COVID social distancing requirements, the capacity for this location is 16 individuals.
Vertical 196, located at 196 S, S 5th St, in Newark, will also extend their hours of operation from 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday and Monday to coincide with the overnight Warming Center operations. Vertical 196 will offer transportation from each Warming Center to their facility for breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, and supplies to those in need.
The Task Force will continue to monitor weather forecasts and announce future Warming Center locations if needed.
Transportation to the warming center will begin at 4 pm and run in a loop through 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday evening by stopping at these locations:
Vertical 196 Hope Center (196 S. 5th Street)
South Newark Civic Association (429 Ohio Street)
Licking County Foundation (30 N 2nd Street)
Salvation Army (250 E. Main Street)
Cherry Valley Bike Trail Parking Lot (Cherry Valley Rd)
Corner of Baker Blvd and Log Pond Drive
Newark Public Library (101 W Main Street)
Look for signage at each pick-up location for more details.
Please help the Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force reach those community members who are in need of a warm and safe place to temporarily shelter on extremely cold days or nights during the winter. Spread the word by sharing this information and reaching out to those in need.
For more information about these Warming Centers and transportation to them, please call 211 or text 43055 to 898211.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Warming Center, please reach out here.
Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force:
The Emergency Warming Center Task Force consists of representatives from LCHD, the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pathways of Central Ohio/211, Mental Health & Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties, Newark Homeless Outreach, Licking County Humane Society, Licking County Coalition for Housing, Licking Memorial Hospital, United Way of Licking County, the Faith-Based Community, Crossroads Crusaders, Licking County Community in Action, Vertical 196, and the Licking County Foundation.
Together, the representatives prepare warming centers when inclement weather arises. This includes identifying buildings that can serve as warming centers and training volunteers to assist in the warming centers.