Eight counties are providing emergency warming shelters in the Upstate Monday night through Tuesday to help residents weather the arctic temperatures sweeping into South Carolina, according to officials at the S.C. Emergency Management Department.
According to the National Weather Service, a cold front is bringing arctic air into the state early this week. The temperatures Monday night through early Tuesday will fall into the teens. The combination of cold and wind will provide wind chill values below zero degrees throughout most of the state. Temperatures of 11 below zero are expected in the Upstate.
Here’s a list of counties offering warming shelters, and emergency management phone numbers:
- Union, 864-466-4772
- Lancaster, 803-285-7333
- Spartanburg, 864-595-5366
- York, 803-326-2300
- Abbeville, 864-366-2400
- Anderson, 864-260-4444
- Greenwood, 864-942-8683
- Greenville, 864-467-2680
Warming shelters intend to offer havens to those with emergency heating needs. One of the priorities is to help residents avoid using improper heating equipment, such as propane grills or outdoor generators that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
“We want to discourage that type of activity,” Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Lt. Shelia Cole told South Carolina Radio Network.
The shelters will also give people places to go should their electricity fail.
It’s not just people who need shelter and warmth, though, according to animal agencies in the state. Greenville County Animal Care is asking pet owners to take extra precautions for their pets during the cold weather.
Community Relations Coordinator for Animal Care Susan Bugano said outside pets need to come inside during these cold days or have access to a good shelter.
Bufano said animals also need extra food if they’re outside in the cold temperatures and their water needs to be changed frequently to prevent it from freezing.
Ed Jenson contributed to this report.