Severe Weather Event Declaration Extended, Shelter to Remain Open

Published on December 30, 2021

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Medford Acting City Manager Kelly Madding has extended the severe weather event declaration effective Saturday, December 25 through Saturday, January 1. 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. The City is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary.

Severe Event Shelter Location and Information: Navigation Center located at 685 Market Street. The shelter will be open December 31 – January 1 during the hours of 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. Services include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities.

Text MED4SHELTERS to 888777 to receive updates on shelters in Medford.

ACCESS continues to look for volunteers to help staff the shelter in the upcoming days. Volunteer shifts are four hours long and include handing out meals, blankets, water, and supporting operations. If you can help or have questions please email volunteer@accesshelps.org or call 458-488-1242.

In addition to volunteers, the shelter needs new or clean, gently used SOLID COLOR blankets. Blankets can be dropped off or shipped to ACCESS at 3630 Aviation Way, Medford OR 97504.

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. 

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