Lexington announces updated winter weather plan

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An updated plan for extreme winter weather conditions is in place in Lexington.

Emergency Management says the plan provides a coordinated response for times when there is an immediate need for more space to help the homeless.

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Authorities say the plan also prepares for people with mental illness who may not seek shelter and require intervention for their own safety.

City officials say shelters in the area will accept all eligible people, including former residents who have been suspended for behavioral reasons.

They say exceptions may include people suspended for violence and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, but providers say they will make sure emergency shelter is available for anyone in need.

LexTran will offer free rides to shelters.

To report someone in need, call the HopeMobile at 859-252-7881, or the Compassionate Caravan at 859-255-0301. Officials say messages can be left at both numbers; however, returns calls will not be made.

Anyone needing assistance can call 211, text their zip code to 898211, or log onto http://www.uwbg211.org/ for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.