Shelters, warming centers opening in Northeast Arkansas

MANILA, AR (KAIT) - The NortheastArkansas American Red Cross is working with the Mississippi County Office ofEmergency Management to monitor whether emergency shelters and warming centersshould be opened in Mississippi County.

Even though the power wentout at Sheila Hawkins' salon in Manila she was still open for business.

"I was out for fourhours (Tuesday), which wasn't too bad because I had a generator, and I said, 'Ifyou'll give me a light and a blow dryer I can still work,'" she said.

"On theoutskirts of Manila, the Lost Cane area, the Etowah area, they have been outfor two days or longer. It came back on for a little bit then it went back off.Then I know up by the country club (Wednesday) afternoon they went out. Theschool's been out in certain areas of the school."

According to Entergy Arkansas, Mississippi County is one of the hardesthit with 2,200 outages.

"In MississippiCounty it's a dynamic situation and we're waiting and assessing the situationand the OEM coordinator and I are speaking every hour, probably every two hourswe're on the phone with each other," said Northeast Arkansas coordinator JodyCarter.

Carter said communityinput played a role in getting shelters and warming centers opened in someparts of Region 8. "We started getting a lot of phone calls here from theWynne area, from the Cross County area."

However Sheila said manypeople in her community often choose not to call county or city offices torequest emergency facilities.

"They usually go to their family orfriend's house and stay until it's over. A lot of them won't leave because theyafraid their pipes will bust or something, but if somebody has to they'll go tofamily or friends."

Carter said anyone who wants to request ashelter or warming center should their countyoffice of emergency management.

Two shelters and two warming centers are openin Northeast Arkansas:

Shelters:

First Baptist Church Lepanto (870) 475-2125

Wynne First Assembly of God (870) 238-7442

Daytime Warming Centers:

Tyronza City Hall (870) 487-2168

Forrest City Civic Center (870) 633-0041

Click here to view the Entergy outage map.

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