SARASOTA COUNTY - A predicted drop in temperatures to the mid-30s has Sarasota County Emergency Management officials reminding residents to be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory until 9am Saturday. Sarasota County and Charlotte County Emergency Management have coordinated with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need.
Shelters have opened at the following locations:
- Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 10th St. Sarasota
- Center of Hope 1216 E. Venice Ave., Venice
- New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port
Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens 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.
Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their homes because the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices.