'We need these things in this order: blankets, blankets, and more blankets'
EUGENE, Ore. - Emergency shelters in Lane County are scrambling to prepare for the coming cold snap.
Paul Neville with St. Vincent De Paul said the Egan Warming Centers and other shelters expect to sleep at least 550 people every night next week as temperatures drop below 20 degrees.
St. Vincent de Paul helps provide blankets to these shelters.
But Neville said that right now they do not have enough blankets to keep people warm.
He said the shelters are running dangerously low on blankets after this month's ice storm.
"We need these things in this order: blankets, blankets, and more blankets," Neville said.
To put it into perspective, Neville said the warming centers only activated a total of 10 times last year.
So far this season they have already activated 9 times.
And next week they expect to be open another 6 to 8 nights.
Neville said the problem with the blankets is they don't last for very long.
"You can only use these and launder them five or six times before they become unusable," Neville said. "They have a lifespan, for example, once you go through five or six Egan activations and you launder them every night, they're done.”
Neville said without the public's help they expect to completely run out of blankets.
Right now St. Vincent is contacting local hotels and hospitals for blanket donations.
They picked up a load of blankets from PeaceHealth on Friday afternoon.
You can drop off new or used blankets to any St. Vincent De Paul drop-off location. Their main drop-off location is located at 705 S. Seneca Road in Eugene.