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Marshall Co. preparing for extreme cold

Warming centers in Marshall County have been designated for those who need a place to stay warm. Warming centers in Marshall County have been designated for those who need a place to stay warm.

Like the rest of the Valley, Marshall County is preparing for the potential for extremely cold temperatures and possible icy conditions this week. 

Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett cautioned people not to get flammable materials too close to any heat source. 

"Do not burn kerosene and/or propane fueled heaters indoors without good ventilation as carbon monoxide is a real threat," McBurnett said. "Never go to sleep with either one of these fuel sources burning inside your home."

Warming centers in Marshall County have been designated as 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. 

Warming centers welcome anyone who is in need of a place to go that has heat. The warming centers 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. 

McBurnett said Crisis Services of North Alabama can be contacted directly at 800-691-8426 or 256-716-1000. If anyone needs overnight accommodations in Marshall County, they can seek help with "Room In The Inn" in Guntersville. Registration is between 4-5:15 p.m. each evening, 7 days a week, at the First United Methodist Church Youth Services building in Guntersville. 

McBurnett urged citizens of Marshall County to contact 211 First Call for Help or the Marshall County EMA for non-emergency information. 

"It is vital to the safety of our first responders and citizens that emergency communications numbers such as 911 and law enforcement dispatchers are utilized for life-threatening emergency calls and law enforcement needs only," she said.

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