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UPDATE 3:30 PM THURSDAY: Warming shelters open to help those without power

There are still thousands without power in the mid-state and some communities are opening up warming centers for those in need of a warm place to stay until their power has been restored.

The list will be updated as information becomes available:

Lancaster County:

* The Lancaster County Animal Response Team is on site to help care for people's pets.

* A warming station has opened at WJTL radio, 1875 Junction Road, in East Petersburg. This shelter cannot accommodate people overnight. The shelter is available for those looking to get out of the cold.

* A warming station opened at 4 p.m. at the Paradise Township Community Building at 6 Londonvale Road.  The warming station will be open overnight, but will not have sleeping accommodations. They will have water available for anyone needing to fill jugs to take back to their residence.

* Marietta Pioneer Fire Company, located at 200 North Waterford Avenue, Marietta, will be providing a warm breakfast and a warming station to those Borough residents affected by the power outage.  Those in need of housing for the evening should call Marietta Fire Company at 717-426-3691.

York County:

* Another shelter in York County will be at the Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Road, Airville. It will be open all night, but those seeking shelter will need to bring their own bedding.

* Newberry Township Fire Department, 2145 York Haven Road, Etters, Ph.: 938-3801. Opening at 3 p.m.

Citizens that are in need of this resource are asked to bring their own bedding and any essential items such as medicines with them. No pets are permitted at this location.

* The Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road, Lewisberry, announced it will be open to all citizens regardless of age who are without power and heat. Friday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The senior center can be contacted at 717-938-4649 for more information. 

In addition, the following shelters are open as necessary in York County.

* York Rescue Mission, Mens Ministry, 363-373 W. Market St., York, 717-845-7662 

* York Rescue Mission, Women and  Childrens Ministry, 17-27 Jefferson Ave., York, 717-845-5947

* Bell Family Shelter, 852 E. Market St., York, 717-845-9536

* Changing Lives Homeless Shelter, 136 Carlisle St., Hanover, 717-633-6353

* West York Fire Dept., Reliance Fire Co., 1341 W. Market St., York.

Residents with further questions can contact the EMA Coordinator Jane Yost, directly at the WYFD station and at 843-6305.

* Kennard Dale High School has opened its doors as a shelter for community members and families in need.  The location is 393 Main St, Fawn Grove, PA 17321.

* Warming Center/Shelter Now Open Penn Township Fire Station, 204 Clover Lane.

We can provide: Shelter, restrooms, showers, food, drinks. Please bring your own bedding, toiletries, medications, towels, etc. 717-637-4949

Lebanon County:

* A shelter has been opened at the Salvation Army in Lebanon at 1031 Guilford Street for all those without power who need to go somewhere.

PPL provides water, ice

A list of local stores providing free ice and water to PPL customers can be found HERE.

Red Cross provides shelters
Those in need of shelter due to the storm may go to any open Red Cross Shelter or may call the Red Cross Serving Central Pennsylvania at 866-311-3832 to learn how to obtain assistance.

The Red Cross advises those coming to a shelter to bring any necessary medicines, a change of clothing, and personal items such as books, toiletries and toys or games for children.

Sleeping bags and pillows may also help may a shelter stay more comfortable.

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