November 27, 2013 at 6:22 PM CST - Updated June 30 at 11:37 AM
New Orleans, La. With temperatures dropping, the City of New Orleans is taking steps to make sure the homeless are protected from potentially freezing weather. The city announced Wednesday morning that it is putting the freeze plan in effect. The city expects the temperature or wind chill factor in New Orleans to fall to 35 degrees or below overnight on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28, 2013.
With the cold temperatures in place, the city is reminding all citizens to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from the potentially dangerous effects of this weather. Exposure to temperatures near freezing, combined with strong winds, for an extended period of time can cause serious medical problems. Weather conditions will require all individuals to seek shelter. The City's Freeze Plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless citizens.
Persons needing shelter will be accepted at the following locations under the following conditions:
The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Avenue – will accept males and females beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp Street – will accept males only beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Covenant House, 611 North Rampart Street – will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.
New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will only accept male or female adults beginning at 4:30 p.m.
All shelters will be opened free of charge to those seeking shelter during this period of inclement weather.