Howard Fire Company becomes designated shelter space

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There’s a new emergency shelter in Centre County.
It’s taken one rural community a lot of time and money to get it.

“It was a pleasant surprise, John Gribble from Howard, said.

Folks in Howard are excited their fire company finally has a generator. 

Centre County donated it to help the Howard Fire company become a designated Red Cross shelter.

“Several years ago I saw that there was a lack of shelters in this area, besides the schools that are automatically shelters and saw that we had the space,” Mark Ott, President for the Howard Fire Company, said.  “I had to find out what we needed to be able to provide electricity to this building when  electricity was out in the area.”

Once the Howard Fire Company got this generator, it took three years to get the needed equipment and install, which costs twenty thousand dollars.”
The Friedman Family Foundation gave a grant for ten thousand dollars, the Bellefonte Elks pitched in twenty five hundred, and the fire company came up with the rest from their general fund.
It’s now officially approved to shelter those in need, by the American Red Cross. 

“It’s good to have shelters in various locations so we can better serve the community that’s affected by a disaster,” Chris Schultz, Disaster Program Manager, Mid-Central PA Chapter of the the American Red Cross.

There will be a ceremony on Friday at the Howard Fire Hall at noon, celebrating the fire company’s new emergency shelter status.

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