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McDonough County Emergency Management officials prepare for cold

MACOMB (WGEM) — Cold weather is moving through the Tri-States and emergency management officials in McDonough County are preparing to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe in the cold.

McDonough County Emergency Management director Edgar Rodriguez says the county is on standby right now when it comes to opening warming shelters.

Rodriguez says the county has more than 30 businesses that they will turn into warming shelters, including the Public Library, City Hall, The Salvation Army and YMCA.

But, he says unless the power goes out, they won’t be activated, yet.

“We’re going to have brutally cold weather coming up, close to zero degrees for the next couple of days. So having this blanket of snow isn’t going to help us because it’s going to keep that cold in place, so in case we need to open the shelters, we will have everything ready,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez says most of these serve as warming shelters during work hours, however, if temperatures get near zero, some will serve people overnight.

He says city officials will issue out an alert if they do open the shelters.

Edgar says while the temps are dropping, it’s important to never use your stove or a secondary heat system to heat your house.

A map of warming centers in Mc Donough county can be found here.

WGEM will publish a complete list of warming centers across the Tri-States once they start to open.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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