City Activates Freeze Plan for Homeless, Urges Residents to Stay Safe and Warm During Cold Weather
Today, the City of New Orleans will activate the Citywide Freeze Plan in anticipation of cold weather. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures, factoring in Wind Chill, will drop below the threshold of 35 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours overnight Wednesday, November 14th, triggering the activation of the freeze plan. The coldest period is forecast to be in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 15th, with “feels like” temperatures at 29 degrees. Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions during cold weather.
Shelter for the Homeless
The City is activating the freeze plan beginning the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 14th and ending the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15th. The freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary overnight shelter for homeless residents. The public is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department non-emergency number, 504-821-2222, to report someone in need of shelter.
Individuals needing shelter will be accepted, free of charge, at the following locations under the following conditions:
- Low Barrier Shelter, 1530 Gravier St., will accept men and women beginning at 8 p.m.
- The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Ave., will accept men and women beginning at 4 p.m.
- Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St., will accept men beginning at 4 p.m.
- Covenant House, 611 North Rampart St., will accept men and women between the ages of 16 to 21, their dependent children, and any women with dependent minor children. Open 24/7.
- New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., will accept men and women beginning at 4 p.m.
Cold Weather Preparedness Tips
- Stay inside in heat during extreme cold.
- If you have to go outside, wear layers, a hat & gloves and carry a cell phone.
- Check on neighbors, children, the elderly & chronically ill to make sure they are okay.
- Bring pets and plants inside.
PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY & PREPARE YOUR HOME
For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit http://ready.nola.gov/winter/.