NEW ORLEANS — The City is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) beginning the evening of Sunday, Dec.31, 2017 and ending the morning of Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City's freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary overnight shelter for homeless residents.
Shelter for the Homeless
Individuals needing shelter will be accepted, free of charge, at the following locations under the following conditions:
- The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Ave. – will accept males and females beginning at 4 p.m.
- Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St. – will accept males only beginning at 4 p.m.
- Covenant House, 611 North Rampart St. – will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.
- New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will only accept male or and female adults beginning at 4 p.m.
The public is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department non-emergency number, 504-821-2222, to report someone in need of shelter.
Cold Weather Preparedness for Residents & Visitors
Residents are urged to bring pets inside and to check on neighbors and the elderly during cold weather. If spending time outside during this weekend’s festivities, individuals are encouraged to wear layers, a hat and gloves and to carry a cell phone.
Additionally, residents are advised to prepare their homes for cold weather, taking fire safety precautions. Space heaters should never be left unattended and a stove or an oven should never be used to heat the home. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked to be sure they are working.
Water pipes can be damaged from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.Residents and property owners are encouraged to protect against damage by insulating exposed pipes, running a “pencil lead thin” (1/16 inch) stream of water, or turning off water. More information is available in the Sewerage and Water Board’s Guide to Fighting the Freeze.
For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit http://ready.nola.gov/plan/winter/.
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