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December 13, 2019 | 7:10pm
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County to open severe weather shelters Tuesday night

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FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Health Department announced today severe weather shelters will open tonight, November 26th, to add space for people experiencing homelessness who are seeking shelter. Forecast high winds and low temperatures will create wind-chill levels that trigger opening the shelters.

Available shelters include:

  • Fountain Community Church-Welcoming adults
    • Check in is at the Lighthouse Mission located at 1013 W. Holly St.
    • Doors open at 6:30
  • Garden St. United Methodist Church-Welcoming families with children under 18
    • Doors open at 7 pm
    • Check in is at the Opportunity Council at 1111 Cornwall Ave, from 10am-4pm.  After those hours, please visit the Lighthouse Mission at 1013 W. Holly St.

Shelter is also available at the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Drop-In Center, available year-round.

People in need in the Ferndale area are advised to call 911 and transportation to a shelter will be provided by Ferndale Police according to City of Ferndale Communications Officer Riley Sweeney.

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County Health officials say severe weather shelters open when temperature of 28°F or less is forecast and there need for additional shelter capacity beyond the Lighthouse Mission or Women’s Winter Shelter. Precipitation and wind chill will also be considered when activating severe weather shelters on nights when the temperature threshold is not met. 

To get up-to-date shelter information, call the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at (360) 788-7983 or visit www.whatcomcounty.us/homelessshelter.


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