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Medford, Ashland emergency shelters open

File photo | The Ashland emergency winter shelter will be open through the night of Feb. 25.

Emergency shelters in Medford and Ashland will be open through at least Friday morning as the region braces for overnight temperatures in the teens.

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun extended Medford’s severe weather event declaration through Thursday.

The Medford shelter, at the Navigation Center, 685 Market St., will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and will close Friday morning. Services include food, bedding and dry storage.

The city closely monitors weather conditions and will update the declaration status as necessary, according to a city press release.

Text MED4SHELTERS to 888777 for the most up-to-date information on severe weather event shelters in Medford.

Those interested in volunteering with ACCESS to help staff during severe weather events can email volunteer@accesshelps.org for more information.

Local organizations interested in opening their facility to individuals in need of shelter during this extreme weather declaration should call Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.

The city of Medford will not be enforcing tent restrictions associated with the prohibited camping ordinance during the declaration. All fires remain prohibited throughout the city.

The Ashland emergency winter shelter will remain open through Friday night, according to a Nixle alert Tuesday morning from the city of Ashland.

City Manager Joe Lessard authorized the opening of an emergency shelter at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, starting Sunday due to severe weather conditions.

Lows between 14 degrees and 24 degrees are expected through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service in Medford.

The Ashland shelter opens each day at 5 p.m., closes for the night at 9 p.m., with lights out at 10 p.m., and it closes for the day at 9 a.m., according to the city website.

“This will be a no-frills shelter, please plan on providing your own bedding,” the news alert said.

The shelter observes COVID-19 safety protocols as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks are required and available on site. Children and pets are welcome.

For questions about the Ashland shelter, call Linda Reid, housing program specialist, at 541-552-2043, or Avram Sacks, community volunteer, at 541-220-7307.