The City of New Orleans activated its Freeze Plan for the homeless today, in advance of wintry weather that will affect the region Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Weather forecasts indicate temperatures and wind chill factors will dip to 35 degrees or lower on the nights of Nov. 27 and 28, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said in a press release. Since exposure to near freezing temperatures and strong winds can cause serious health problems, the city will assist local institutions in providing shelter free of charge.
Two shelters have opened in St. Tammany Parish as Hurricane Isaac approaches.
Officials of the St. Tammany Parish School Board and the Red Cross said the shelters are at William Pitcher Junior High School, 415 S. Jefferson Ave. in Covington and at Creekside Junior High School, 65434 Louisiana Highway 41, Pearl River.
People going to the shelters are asked to bring food, medicine, bedding and activities for children.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas has asked the Red Cross to assist in opening shelters in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, the parish said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
Shelters will open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the parish said, and remain open until the inclement weather subsides.
The shelters are safe havens only, the parish said, and do not have backup electricity. Residents are urged to bring necessities such as bedding, toiletries and medications with them.