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Thursday February 11th, 2016 12:10PM

Warming shelters open in Ga., including Gainesville, Cumming, Cornelia

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Dozens of shelters have been opened statewide for people who need a warm place to stay while riding out the wintry weather.

They include 35 National Guard armories and 11 Georgia state parks with 2,800 cots available.

In northeast Georgia, the list includes armories in Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Winder, Cumming, Elberton and Toccoa. In addition, a shelter is open at the First Baptist Church in Cornelia. (Click on the link below for a complete list of shelters that have been opened statewide, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.)

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has created a website for people to find the nearest shelter to their location at www.gema.ga.gov

In metro Atlanta, shelters also opened at some police precincts, fire stations, churches and recreation centers. In suburbs such as Johns Creek, city officials said residents can seek shelter in the city's fire stations if necessary.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed urged residents to check on their neighbors, particularly the elderly and the disabled.
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