North Versailles warming center helping people and their pets

NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. — As temperatures continue to stay below freezing, communities are setting up warming centers to make sure people have a warm place to stay.

In North Versailles, one firefighter wanted to make sure all members of the family were taken care of.

Bud Pusey and the emergency management team in North Versailles have a warming center set up for people at the library, and there’s a spot at the fire department on Kline Ave for their pets too.

“I have animals of my own, and no one wants to leave their pets stranded,” Pusey said. “You want to take your family with you. You need to have these places available, because when something major happens, you want to be prepared.”

The team gets the warming centers prepared not just for those without a home, but for when there are power outages, or for when the heat in someone’s home stops working and people need a safe place to go.

Right now the warming center is open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., but you can make special arrangements if your power is lost in the middle of the night. Pusey says those looking to get warm can call the police station’s non-emergency line at (412) 823-1111.

There are also resources for transportation to the warming center, and food for those that need it.

This warming center is not the only one currently open, to get the closest one near you, dial 211.

Kayla Courvell

Kayla Courvell

I was born and raised in a small town just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and decided as a child I was going to be a news reporter.