By: Sutton StokesDecember 22, 2022

Winter Storm Elliott: Warming Centers and Other Information

Our area is facing severe cold, strong winds, and snow over the next 48 hours. Please review the below information and stay safe.

Warming Centers

Inside Elkins, if you need a warming center, please report to the Elkins Fire Department at 216 4th St. (Map link.)

Outside the city, fire stations will also be used as warming centers. However, because many outlying fire stations are run by volunteer departments, they are not always staffed 24 hours. The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will facilitate activating these and other locations with volunteer assistance as needed.

If you cannot get to the Elkins Fire Department, you can reach OEM at the following number to learn of other options for getting warm: 304-636-2000. (In an emergency, dial 911.)

It is imperative that you call first before reporting to these locations to ensure they are open or to learn of alternatives.

Volunteers Needed

In case of additional need for warming centers, volunteers may be needed to assist at various locations in Elkins and around the county. If you are able to volunteer, especially overnight Friday and Saturday, please call the OEM non-emergency number: 304-636-2000.

Power Outages

Given forecast of high winds, we can expect power outages in our area. OEM will be collecting information about outages to guide response and report to the power company. To notify OEM of an outage, call the 911 center’s non-emergency number: 304-636-2000. Stay well clear of downed power lines.

Check on Neighbors

In the event of a power outage, please remember to check on neighbors who may be medically vulnerable or who might otherwise need assistance.


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