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Weather Emergency Declared to Increase Shelter Capacity in Bend

Post Date:10/28/2019 11:45 AM

N E W S   R E L E A S E                                                         

For Immediate Release               

Date:  Oct. 28, 2019

From: Anne Aurand
Communications Director
541-388-5573, aaurand@bendoregon.gov

Contact:

Fire Marshal Larry Medina

541-322-6308, lmedina@bendoregon.gov

 

 

Weather Emergency Declared to Increase Shelter Capacity in Bend 

 

 

Bend City Manager Eric King has signed a weather emergency declaration effective October 26, 2019. The declaration allows the use of approved alternative shelter facilities to provide emergency overnight lodging when the temperature is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit and all Bend area shelter facilities have reached capacity. 

 

Alternative shelter facilities must complete a fire safety inspection and fix safety deficiencies prior to providing overnight lodging. Shelters are only approved by the City of Bend when there is a declared emergency and need. 

 

The City expects severe weather conditions that may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, and the emergency weather declaration helps meet the need for shelter during some of the coldest months of the year. The declaration is in effect through March 31, 2020. 

 

“The City of Bend has a long history of working in partnership with local non-profits to provide safe housing for the homeless,” said Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Larry Medina. “Currently private and public officials are working with the Homeless Leadership Coalition to spread the word for the urgent need to increase capacity for warming shelters in Central Oregon. We support and advocate for the local non-profits engaged in housing the homeless.”

 

For more information or to request a consultation to become an approved alternative shelter facility, contact the Bend Fire Department Prevention Division at 541-322-6309.  

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To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact Anne Aurand at 541-388-5573 or aaurand@bendoregon.gov.

 

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