Volunteer firefighters open warming shelter in Laurel Co.

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Communities across the area have opened warming shelters to help people through the extreme cold.

The Campground Volunteer Fire Department opened as a warming center for people who need to get out of the extreme cold on January 2, 2018.

The Campground Volunteer Fire Department in Laurel County is one of the places open for anyone who needs a place to stay. They have not had any people take advantage yet, but they say they're ready no matter who shows up.

"A small supply of food, soup and crackers. We keep games for the kids, cards, there is television for entertainment so people won't have to stare at the walls. We have cots and personal hygiene packets, made available from emergency management," said Campground Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Becki Turner.

The warming center is located on Campground School Road, off Kentucky 229 in Laurel County. For more information, you can call 606-878-9687 or 606-231-3095.

In the midst of the cold weather, the Laurel County Sheriff's Office has started a new program called COAST or Call On A Senior Today. Sheriff John Root says he is personally calling seniors, who are shut-ins, to make sure they're okay.

“I was just checking on you to make sure everything went good through the night," said Sheriff Root.

If no one answers, Sheriff Root says he will send a deputy to their house to make sure they're okay.

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