Cullman County VOAD opening additional warming stations Jan. 15-16 

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CULLMAN, Ala. — Cullman County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is pleased to announce it will be able to open four warming stations Monday and Tuesday nights, Jan. 15-16 as the temperatures reach frigid single digits.

Shelters will open both nights at 6 and close at 8 the following morning. Residents planning to stay overnight at the warming stations will have to check in by 9 p.m.; if no one is on site by 9 p.m., the shelter will close for the night.

Shelters are listed below, along with what each will be providing.

Camp Liberty

15719 Alabama Highway 157, Vinemont, AL 35179

Camp Liberty, located in the Battleground area, will require everyone staying at the warming station to bring their own pillows, air mattresses, food, etc.

The Link of Cullman County

708 Ninth St. SE, Cullman, AL 35055

The Link will have cots and blankets provided by the Red Cross.

Trinity Pentecostal Church

307 Whaley Ave., Hanceville, AL 35077

Trinity Pentecostal will provide soups and sandwiches during the day in addition to being open as a warming station. Red Cross will be providing cots and blankets.

Hanceville Civic Center

902 Commercial St., Hanceville, AL 35077

Hanceville Civic Center will have sandwiches and water provided by Hanceville First Baptist Church, as well as cots and blankets provided by the Red Cross.

Unsheltered International

479 County Road 827 Cullman, AL 35057

Unsheltered International will be open next week Monday through Friday, Jan. 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will provide snacks and drinks.

Cullman County VOAD Chairman Waid Harbison said he appreciated all the local churches, nonprofits and government organizations working together to get the warming stations opened. Now the big push is to make sure people who really need to get to the sites are able to get there.

“We have so many people in Cullman County that may be seniors, disabled people or just neighbors we may know without heat. A lot of these folks may not have social media or get other news sources, so if you know someone within your church, a neighbor or anyone in the community who needs to utilize the warming stations, please help us by reaching out to them individually to make sure they can utilize the stations!” Harbison emphasized.

Harbison also expressed gratitude to the Cullman Emergency Management Agency, sharing “We also want to thank Tim Sartin and the guys over at Cullman County EMA for all they do to make sure the community is taken care of with all the pre-planning before disasters, and being hands on during and after disasters. VOAD exists to get volunteer organizations including churches and nonprofits working with local government organizations including Cullman County EMA during disaster planning and recovery efforts. It is a great organization because of how much stronger we all are together.”

For more information on shelters, contact Harbison at 256-708-1650.

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