City Declares Severe Weather Event, Shelter Open April 16

Published on April 16, 2022

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Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has issued a severe weather event declaration for Saturday, April 16.

The declaration allows the use of approved severe event shelter facilities to provide overnight lodging when the temperature is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Fahrenheit with additional factors such as precipitation or wind.

Severe Event Shelter Location and Information: Navigation Center located at 685 Market Street. The shelter will be open Saturday, April 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. through 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17. Services include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities. The shelter is low barrier, thus does not require any religious affiliation or drug testing to enter.

ACCESS continues to look for volunteers to help staff the shelter during severe weather events. Volunteer shifts are four hours long and include handout meals, blankets, water and supporting operations. If you can help or have questions please email volunteer@accesshelps.org for more information.

If local organizations are interested in opening their facility to individuals in need of shelter during this extreme weather declaration please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.

Additionally, the City will not be enforcing tent restrictions associated with the prohibited camping ordinance throughout the duration of this severe weather event declaration. All fires remain prohibited throughout the City.

The City has been working with community service providers to develop the framework for opening a severe event shelter and relies on those organizations who have the tools and expertise to staff the shelter. It is the City’s responsibility to monitor forecasted weather conditions, coordinate with service providers to determine staffing ability and if staffing is available, declare a severe event.

The City is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary. Text MED4SHELTERS to 888777 to receive the latest on severe weather event shelters in Medford. 

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