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St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has announced a warming shelter will open beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., and will remain open through the morning of  Thursday, January 31, 2019, in anticipation of predicted freezing temperatures in the coming days. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open the shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

“We prepare year-round for events like this, and we encourage residents to be prepared as well. We also encourage anyone who may need a warm place to stay tomorrow night or Wednesday night to utilize the warming shelter at this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

The St. Tammany Community Action Agency is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

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