Warming shelter to open in St. Tammany Parish

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the City of Slidell and the Red Cross, will open a warming shelter for those in need.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014, residents can shelter in the gym at John Slidell Park, located at 105 Robert Boulevard in Slidell. The shelter will remain open through Thursday January 30, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Citizens are provided with a cot and two blankets upon arrival at the shelter. Citizens are encouraged to bring any extra bedding, comfort objects for children, toiletries such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, and any snacks, water or food they wish to consume. Animals are not allowed in the shelter, so arrangements should be made for family pets.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. They are also 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.

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