‘Safer places’ open in Enterprise, Elba ahead of potential severe weather

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Churches in Enterprise and Elba are opening their doors to residents who need a safe place to stay amid Wednesday night’s storms.

The Safer Place Program in Coffee County is meant to create pre-designated areas for citizens seeking a “safer place” from severe weather. These temporary shelters are not meant to be used long-term or as a mass care shelter.

In cooperation with the City of Enterprise, Hillcrest Baptist Church, located at 500 Alberta St., will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, for people in less secure residences to find a secure shelter.

“With the potential for damaging winds from Hurricane Zeta possibly headed our way, we felt it wise to provide a sound sheltering option for our citizens,” Mayor William Cooper said. “We are extremely grateful to Hillcrest Baptist Church for volunteering the church and staff members to make this effort possible.”

Cooper said the city is working with Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Director James Brown to monitor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Elba Church of Christ, located at 715 Troy Rd, will open at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

There will be no meals served at these locations nor will there be services. Residents are asked to necessities including food, medicine, and other staples.

No pets are allowed. Weapons, alcohol, or illicit drugs are also forbidden.

Visitors should bring masks to wear at all times. Social distancing will be enforced as much as possible.

Those sheltering at Hillcrest can call Rev. Dwayne Sims at 334-494-2674 if they have questions. Those who plan on going to Elba Church of Christ can call Rev. Phillip Box at 334-763-0667 for more information.

The Coffee County EMA is also taking questions. You can call them at 334-894-5415.

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