April 13, 2024

Incoming Winter Storm Prompts Severe Weather Shelter Opening


February 28

Medford, Oregon- In response to anticipated severe weather conditions, ACCESS will be opening the Severe Weather Shelter located at 332 W. 6th St. on Thursday, February 29. The shelter will remain operational until Sunday, March 3, offering services to those in need during the extreme weather event.

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has officially declared a severe weather event for Thursday, February 29. This declaration authorizes the utilization of approved severe event shelter facilities, ensuring overnight accommodation when temperatures plummet below 25 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Fahrenheit with additional adverse factors like precipitation or wind.

The Medford Severe Weather Shelter, operated in collaboration with ACCESS, will extend its support from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., providing essential amenities including food, bedding, and dry storage capabilities. With a capacity to accommodate up to 64 individuals, the shelter maintains a low-barrier policy, welcoming all without necessitating any religious affiliation or drug testing for entry.

Volunteers coordinated by ACCESS will oversee the shelter’s operations, exemplifying the community’s dedication to aiding those in need. Individuals interested in contributing their time and support can reach out via email to volunteer@accesshelps.org for more information on volunteering opportunities.

Furthermore, the City has announced a postponement of the removal of tents deemed unlawful under the prohibited camping ordinance until the conclusion of the severe weather event declaration. Notably, all fires remain prohibited throughout the city to maintain safety standards during this period.

The City encourages local organizations willing to extend their facilities for sheltering individuals in need to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.