WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – High winds are in the forecast and the wind chills will make conditions dangerously cold. We spoke with the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director about the storm preparations and an organization prepared to step up should people need a place to stay warm.
The Trumbull County EMA is urging residents to check on the elderly. The agency sent out an advisory on Thursday.
“We are encouraging community members to make sure they check on their elderly neighbors and homebound residents and ensure that pets are kept safe and warm throughout this cold spell,” the agency wrote in a news release.
If you know of someone who needs assistance, contact the Warren Family Mission, Salvation Army Warren Corps or dial 211.
EMA Director John Hickey has been monitoring the storm system closely.
“We do know that they are really pushing out the possibility of widespread power outages. So we just want to be prepared for all of that,” Hickey said.
People should use caution when using space heaters or other alternate heating sources.
“If using generators to power a heat source, please make sure that the generator is located far enough away from the home in order to eliminate the threat of carbon monoxide emergencies,” the agency wrote.
Local warming shelters are also being established. At the Warren Family Mission’s men’s facility, there are already cots set up and officials say they’re ready to accommodate anyone who may need shelter during the storm.
“We’re bracing ourselves to help out however we can,” said Dominic Mararri with the Warren Family Mission.
In the midst of preparing for Friday’s annual Christmas meal, the Warren Family Mission is now one of a few places in the county also getting ready to help people stay warm.
“There’s always a place here at the Warren Family Mission for people to get out of the cold weather. If we are at our wits’ ends, we’ll partner with other organizations to try to brainstorm to make sure everybody’s safe this storm,” Mararri said.
The Trumbull County EMA is monitoring the storm and is available 24/7 for questions or guidance by calling 330-675-6601 or 330-770-0222.