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Medford’s Severe Event Shelter to remain open through Saturday

Volunteers needed to help operate shelter

Acting Medford City Manager Kelly Madding has extended the severe weather event declaration, which will allow the local severe event shelter to remain open through Saturday.

ACCESS operates the shelter from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m Friday through Saturday at the Navigation Center. Services include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities at the center, 685 Market St.

Text MED4SHELTERS to 888777 to receive updates on shelters in Medford.

The declaration allowsapproved facilities to provide overnight lodging when the temperature is expected to be below 25 degrees or when it’s 32 degrees combined with additional factors such as precipitation or wind.

The city is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary.

ACCESS also continues to look for volunteers to staff the shelter. Shifts are four hours long and include handing out meals, blankets, water, and supporting operations.

If you can help or have questions, email volunteer@accesshelps.org or call 458-488-1242.

The shelter is also asking for donations of new or gently used solid-color blankets to ACCESS at 3630 Aviation Way, Medford.

If local organizations are interested in opening their facility to individuals in need of shelter during this extreme weather declaration, contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.

Additionally, the city will not be be enforcing tent restrictions associated with the prohibited camping ordinance.