While the Men’s Shelter normally holds 48 beds, Shelter Director Janet Miller says The Salvation Army is prepared for up to 100 more with extra cots, floor mats and blankets. Anyone needing a safe shelter from the cold weather is urged to visit the Shelter at 330 SW 4th St.
“The homeless and those living on the streets are especially susceptible to such dangerous situations as hypothermia and frostbite,” said Miller. “Every year, we see a client with frostbite, which can be so dangerous to those without access to regular health care.”
Normally, shelter residents are not allowed to stay at the shelter during the day, The Salvation Army allows clients to stay inside during extreme weather – when the temperatures drop below freezing during the day or get over 100 degrees during the summer.
The Red Shield Kitchen is fully stocked and ready for additional people as well.
Anyone needing shelter or assistance is urged to contact The Salvation Army Shelter at 246-1082 or to come by at 33o SW 5th St.
Other tips from The Centers of Disease Control to keep warm during this cold snap:
- Dress warmly and stay dry.
- Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens.
- Avoid frostbite.
- if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.
- Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
- Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
- Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
- If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.