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Martin County Provides Shelter Locations And Safety Tips In Anticipation Of Cold Weather

It’s not often that Florida gets really cold, but as winter weather and cold air grips the East Coast Stuart could see temperatures drop to 34 degrees with wind chills over the next two days.

Martin County officials, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will open two cold weather shelters Jan. 3- 4 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. so individuals and families will have a warm place to stay. 

The shelter locations are located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County’s Bill & Barbara Whitman Club in Indiantown (17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown) and Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (601 SE Lake St., Stuart).

 The county also released winter safety tips for residents:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • Check on friends and family
  • Dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing for outdoor activities 
  • Heat homes safely. Be extremely careful if you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace or space heater
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by never using generators, charcoal grills or gas grills indoors and by installing a CO detector in your home 
  • Brings pets inside out of the cold weather
  • Stay clear of wild or feral animals, which can be displaced by the cold weather 

For more information on how to stay safe visit cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.