Cold weather shelters to open in Pasco, Hillsborough Counties

TAMPA - A cold front moving through the Tampa Bay area is prompting some cold weather shelters to open up in Pasco County Wednesday night.


Pasco County Emergency Management officials said they expect temperatures to be in the 30s throughout the county and are warning people to take extra precaution for those vulnerable to the cold like children, the elderly, and pets.

The shelters will be open starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the following locations:

  1. Community Congregational Church at 6533 Circle Dr. in New Port Richey. Phone: 727-597-0428
  2. Chancey Road Christian Church at 34921 Chancey Rd., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 317-4975 for availability.



Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters to Open Tonight 
Due to a predicted drop in temperature for Hillsborough County, cold weather shelters will open Wednesday evening, Nov. 27 for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat. The National Weather Service expects the local wind chill factor to fall below 32 degrees beginning Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. 
Hillsborough County coordinates with the following organizations to provide cold weather shelters:
· Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area. 
Phone: 813-635-8179
· Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families. 
After hours phone: 813-209-1077
· Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults.
After hours phone: 813-221-4440
· Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families.
Phone 813-554-5064
· Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma
This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.
Phone 813-635-3500
The Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center, and Wimauma Community Center are also accepting donations of shelter supplies, such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils and sugar. Those wishing to donate supplies should contact each individual shelter.
Residents who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind. Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. The lower than normal temperatures combined with strong winds could produce dangerous wind chills. 
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