FBCC accepting requests for cold-weather shelter
First Baptist Church of Cornelia (FBCC), which opens a cold-weather shelter during periods of extreme low temperatures, welcomes the community to reach out should they find there’s a need for the shelter to reopen.
“We are ready to open the shelter if there is a need,” FBCC Pastor Eric Spivey told The Northeast Georgian. “Individuals or organizations can call me or the church office to let us know of the need.”
Over the past couple of years, the church has continued to open to the public the shelter, which is run by volunteers. Those temporarily residing in the shelter have also had the opportunity to enjoy hot meals, board games and watch a movie, among other activities.
A Special Weather Statement issued earlier this week by the National Weather Service (NWS) stated arctic air has arrived, yielding a cold wave across the region through this week.
“Expect temperatures to fall into the single digits to teens across the mountains at times each night, with lows into the teens to 20s across the foothills and Piedmont this week,” it stated.
Overnight temperatures Monday into Tuesday steadily dipped as predicted, with temperatures early Tuesday morning hovering at 8-10 degrees across Habersham County.
The NWS stated daytime maximum temperatures will struggle to get above freezing most days this week, especially across the mountains where highs in the 20s will be common.
It also stated such temperatures can be dangerous for persons exposed to the cold, as well as animals and livestock.
To report a need for the shelter, call 706-778-4412.