Parish Warming Shelter Open Thru Saturday

With freezing temperatures expected to linger from the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore through the end of the week, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will extend the operations of the warming shelter through Saturday, January 6, 2018 for those in need. The shelter is currently open 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. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place, and employees are placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates. 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. If residents know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, 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. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service at weather.gov