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BOARDMAN, Ohio -Safety officials have opened the Boardman Township Administration building to those in need of a warm place to stay.

Monday night, the American Red Cross and Boardman Safety officials brought blankets and cots to the Townships Administration Building, in anticipation that the below freezing temperatures may leave some families displaced.

"We did have over 1,300  homes along Tippecanoe (Road) out of power," said Fire Chief George Brown. "Thankfully, Ohio Edison was able to get power back on around 5:30 (p.m.) but again we never know when the instances are going to occur and when people are going to need helps, so we want to be ready for them."

The warming center has 20 cots, but room for about 45 people if needed.

Police and township officials are on hand to assist.

If the room becomes over crowded, there are plans to open Boardman High School as an official Red Cross Shelter, where residents could stay for a longer period of time.

"It's all about community preparedness when a community is ready we can react," said Karen Conklin with Red Cross Mahoning Valley.

Officials urge anyone in need, especially the elderly to call 2-1-1 for help.

"The 211 people will know exactly how to get them help who to plug them in to," said Conklin.

"We're going to do it for the entire county. This will be the location for the entire county," said Brown. "So if anybody in the county doesn't have heat, wants a place to get warm and relax they can come here until they get heat or we open the shelter and move them into the shelter."

Browns says if they do not need to open the shelter at Boardman High School Monday night, they will still open it Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and longer if needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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