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Local cold weather shelters open

Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 17:19:15-05

Charlotte County:

In a press release, the county said the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition in Port Charlotte would be providing shelter to persons needing refuge from the cold.

Its address is 1476 Kenesaw Street.

It will begin taking people in from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Tuesday night.

Collier County and Immokalee Area:

With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures in the interior Collier County/Immokalee area of 38-40 degrees and wind chill in the mid-30s for a couple of hours, the following locations have advised Collier County Emergency Management of their availability as a temporary emergency inclement weather shelter. St. Matthew’s House will serve the homeless population.

St. Matthew’s House Immokalee Friendship House

2001 Airport-Pulling Road, South 602 West Main Street

Naples, Florida 34112 Immokalee, Florida 34142

(239)774-0500 (239) 657-4090

Those who plan to use the inclement weather shelter should make efforts to bring their medications, toiletries, and anything else they need to be comfortable.

As a reminder, cold weather safety rules include:

  • Protect People: Pay careful attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold and the least able to protect themselves. Dress in layers and wear a hat that cover your ears when outdoors.
  • Protect Pets: Bring pets indoors. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with the entrance facing away from the wind.
  • Protect Against Fires in the Home: Take the time to prepare and inspect heating equipment before using. According to the National Fire Protection Association, incorrect use of heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires.