Sheriff Richard Jones of Butler County, Ohio announced today that he will be opening up a temporary warming center. "No one should be forced to stay outside or in vehicles during these extreme low temperatures," Sheriff Jones stated.
Anyone from Butler County needing temporary relief from the cold for the next few days is permitted to “warm up” in the main lobby area of the Butler County Jail, 705 Hanover Street, Hamilton, OH, 45011. Southwest Ohio, along with most of the mid-west, is in the middle of a blast of winter weather that includes blowing snow and bone-chilling cold temperatures that this area has not experienced in several years. The temperature over the next 24-hours in Hamilton will range from -2 to -5 with above zero temperatures not expected until Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Wind chills are extremely dangerous and can reach -40 degrees in some locations.
“If you are cold and don’t have any place to go, you are certainly welcome here in our lobby,” said the Sheriff. “These temperature conditions can be life-threatening. At least you can have someplace to get a little relief. We do have restroom facilities available, and the temperature inside is guaranteed to be warmer than what it is outside,” he continued. “I don’t want anyone to fear freezing to death. Come in and warm up, even if it’s just for a little while,” he said.
It is anticipated that the severe weather conditions will improve toward the middle or end of the week. Sheriff Jones hopes that providing this temporary “warm-up service” can keep some people warm, and provide some help to other, more traditional shelters that may be overcrowded, under staffed, or otherwise not able to assist someone that is left out in the cold.
Sheriff Jones wants to remind everyone that these temperatures are extremely dangerous for people, pets and livestock. Pets need to be inside or properly sheltered. Anyone looking to report a pet that's been left outside without proper shelter, call your local police or sheriff's office non-emergency number.