With the temperatures dropping below 45, the Salvation Army has added in some extra cots to their community shelter to make more room for community members who are homeless to come in out of the cold.
Alice Hodgkins, the Director of the Center of Hope, let us know how all of us can lend a hand. They currently need donations of blankets, gloves, winter jackets, and knit caps. They also need volunteers to help out at the shelter for a variety of needs, please consider volunteering.
When cold weather is in the forecast, it is important to remember the 5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety:
People: Dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. It is important to try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry. Also, remember to check on young children and the elderly who are the most sensitive to cold weather.
Pets: Bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
Plants: Cover cold sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.
Pipes: Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent from freezing and breaking.
Practice Fire Safety: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.