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City of Atlanta Opens Additional Shelters In Advance of Winter Storm Pax

The City of Atlanta announced today that additional shelters are being opened to accommodate residents who are affected by Winter Storm Pax. According to a report by the National Weather Service, accumulations of snow and ice will create dangerous driving conditions throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region; widespread power outages are also possible.

“As a city, we are working together to keep our citizens safe during this weather event,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Residents should know that we are providing spaces where they can take shelter. I urge our residents to check on their neighbors, particularly the elderly and the disabled, as we anticipate inclement weather.”

The shelters will remain open until conditions have improved. For detailed information on Winter Storm Pax, including a videotaped message from Mayor Reed, please visit www.atlantaga.gov.
“Fulton County is committed to working with the City of Atlanta to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our seniors”, said Dwight Ferrell, Fulton County Manager. “During times of crisis it is important that all levels of government work together for the best possible outcome for all of our citizens.”

Residents are encouraged to bring warm clothing, soap, towels, blankets, pillows, phone chargers and prescription medications. Families with children are encouraged that parents bring toys, books, and other items to keep children comfortable.

Residents will not be allowed to bring alcohol, guns, knives, or any other weapons into the recreation centers. Smoking is prohibited. City of Atlanta shelters will have an Atlanta Police officer present.

Citizens are urged to take precautions such as filling their cars with gas, stocking up on food supplies and staying off the roads as snow and freezing rain begin to fall.
To report icy road conditions, please call 404-330-6333.

The City will have forestry crews on-call to respond to reports of downed trees. To report downed trees or limbs, please call 911.

City of Atlanta residents can report power outages to Georgia Power at 1-888-891-0938.

The Department of Public Works began treating priority roads and bridges this afternoon. Media interested in video footage of emergency road crews, please contact the Department of Public Works at 404-853-3200 and ask for the public information officer on duty or e-mail atlmedia@atlantaga.gov.

List of emergency shelters and warming centers

Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3304 Delmar Lane, SW, was opened February 10th, until further notice.

Additional Recreation Centers
Rosel Fann Recreation Center at 365 Cleveland Avenue SE, will be open on Tuesday, February 11th until further notice.

Adamsville Recreation Center at 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, will be open on Tuesday, February 11th until further notice.

Peachtree Hills Recreation Center at 308 Peachtree Hills Ave., will be open on Tuesday, February 11th until further notice.

Central Recreation Center at 400 Merrits Ave., will be open on Tuesday, February 11th until further notice. This site will be open for residents with pets. Pet owners must bring their own pet supplies.

Ben Hill Recreation Center at 2405 Fairburn Rd SW, will be open on Tuesday, February 11th until further notice. This site is recommended for seniors.

City of Atlanta Fire Stations can be found here.

Police precincts open for stranded motorists:

Zone 1- 2315 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. NW Atlanta, GA. 30318

Zone 2- 3120 Maple Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30305

Zone 3- 880 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30315

Zone 4- 1125 Cascade Cir. SW Atlanta, GA 30311

Zone 5- 200 Spring St. NW Atlanta, GA 30303

Zone 6- 2025 Hosea L. Williams Dr. SE Atlanta, GA 30317

Additional shelters:
24hr Gateway - 275 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-215-6600

Task Force for the Homeless - 477 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-230-5000

Atlanta Mission - 165 Ivan Allen Blvd N/Men's Services 404-367-2493/Women and Children's Services 404-367-2465

Fulton County Jefferson Place, 1135 Jefferson Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-613-0412

Salvation Army - 100 Edgewood Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA‎, 404-527-7200‎

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Center, 677 Fairburn Road NW, Atlanta GA 30331

Helene Mills Senior Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30312

Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Trail, Atlanta GA, 30311
Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Drive, Atlanta GA, 30305

South Atlanta High School, 800 Hutchens Road SE, Atlanta GA, 30354

Metropolitan Run and Shoot, 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta GA, 30315

Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Church will provide cots and shower facilities. Shelter at church will be open until schools are reopened.

The Atlanta Dream Center, 635 Angier Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Food, cots and shower facilities will be provided. Shelter will be provided for the duration of winter storm.

North Atlanta High School, 411 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta GA, 30305. This site will be open for residents with pets. Pet owners must bring their own pet supplies. 

BEST Academy, 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. This site will be open for residents with pets. Pet owners must bring their own pet supplies. 

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