Shelters and MOHSEP preparing for frigid temps

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“We want to get people off the street.”

Monday night, the temps are expected to drop and Saint Vincent de Paul is doing their part to get homeless people indoors.

“Every night it drops below 40, we’re here, but, especially on the nights where we are getting below 30 that’s a serious thing.”

President & CEO of Saint Vincent De Paul, Michael Acaldo said, they are opening more beds, looking to accommodate as many people as possible.

“Over 150 bed and we increase our capacity by 37 plus in addition to our regular capacity” said Acaldo.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director, Clay Rives said, they are watching the weather, ready to respond when needed.

“We have crews on standby in case the roads get bad, but, we’re asking people if they get out early in the morning to use caution. You know the road they do ice, they could be slippery” said Rives.

They are also urging people to follow directions when it comes to keeping your homes warm.

“We’re asking people to be aware if they have space heaters or fire places , you know, to make sure they don’t have anything around open flames.”

Along with the cold temps, weather experts are predicting a combination of wind and rain. A mixture Alcado said, is the reason they are preparing now.

“It’s bad when it’s cold, it’s bad when it’s raining, but, when it’s cold and raining that’s really bad especially for people who may be in a situation of homelessness.”

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