ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - With freezing temperatures expected on the Northshore over the weekend, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission will open a warming shelter for those in need.
Severe cold weather protocols are also in place, according to officials. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.
On Friday beginning at 1 p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe.
The warming shelter will remain open until the morning of Monday, December 11, 2017.
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 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. 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 pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the well being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.