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Medford severe weather shelter opens Wednesday

Owing to temperatures expected to fall below freezing, the city of Medford has declared a severe weather event that clears the way for a nonprofit to operate a shelter on city-owned property overnight.

A shelter operated by the nonprofit ACCESS will open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Navigation Center, 685 Market St., Medford, according to a release issued by the city. The shelter will remain open until 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

ACCESS is asking for volunteers to help the nonprofit staff the warming shelter. They hope to fill four-hour volunteer shifts that include handing out meals and water, providing blankets and other supporting operations. Anyone interested in helping is asked to email volunteer@accesshelps.org.

The city won’t enforce tent restrictions associated with a prohibited camping ordinance during the severe weather event, according to the release, but all fires remain prohibited.

For text alerts when the next severe weather shelter will open, text “MED4SHELTERS” to 888777.