Wednesday, January 6, 2010 | 4:09 PM
The building will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Those needing shelter should bring all medications they are taking. Individuals are also required to bring their own blankets, sheets, pillows, towels, and toilet items. They should be prepared to provide information for an emergency contact and their physician.
The National Guard has supplied 50 cots. The City will also provide bottled water, first aid kits, wet wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, cups, and napkins. Planning is underway for the coordination of snacks and meals with local churches and restaurants.
Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri wants citizens to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with small children. "Check and make sure they have their medications, adequate heat, etc.," Sunseri said. He stressed that people need to ensure they have all their medications because, if the weather prevents travel or causes power outages, he does not want people to have to go without needed medications.
The temperature is not expected to rise above freezing again until next Monday, with some overnight lows in the single digits and wind chills near or below zero. Pet, plant, and pipe precautions should be implemented.
Add to that the "snow forecast" beginning Wednesday night. As for the forecasted snow and hard cold, Sunseri said, "We don't know what to expect, but we'll be in a position to react."