Warming Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/14/2024 - LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is included in a partnership between local agencies and organizations known as the Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force. The task force aims to coordinate and establish warming centers in Licking County for individuals who are in need of a warm and safe place to temporarily shelter on extremely cold days or nights during the winter.

The Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force announces the opening of a warming center for anyone who is seeking a place to get out of the cold Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, in preparation for extremely cold temperatures.

The Task Force's threshold for opening a Warming Center is 10 degrees. Based on weather forecasted by EMA, coupled with anticipated snow accumulation and wind chill, a warming center is being activated.

DATES: Sunday, January 14 - Monday, January 15 -Tuesday, January 16
SITE: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church- 592 W. Main Street Newark
Hours: 5:00pm - 8:00am
Food provided by Licking Memorial Health System
Transportation will be from 5:00pm-8:00pm provided by Licking Memorial Health System

FREE evening transportation will be provided to the Warming Center by
Licking Memorial Health Systems from these locations:

Beginning at 5:00pm and ending at 8:00pm - a van will loop through these locations
Salvation Army - 250 East Main Street in Newark
Foundation Park - 30 N. 2nd Street in Newark (next to the Courthouse)
Don Edwards Park Entrance/South Newark Civic Association - 429 Ohio Street in Newark
The Licking County Library - 101 West Main Street in Newark
Women’s Health Center - 15 Messimer Drive in Newark

Morning transport will be the same loop provided by Licking County Transit

Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force:

The Emergency Warming Center Task Force consists of representatives from LCHD, the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pathways of Central Ohio/211, Newark Homeless Outreach, Licking County Humane Society, Licking County Transit, Licking County Coalition for Housing, Licking Memorial Health Systems, United Way of Licking County, the Faith-Based Community, and the Licking County Foundation.

Together, the representatives prepare warming centers when inclement weather arises. This includes identifying buildings that can serve as warming centers and training volunteers to assist in them.

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