The Salvation Army will be one of the shelters open tonight. People can go to the Salvation Army in Gulfport and stay the night if they need to get out of the cold. The temperatures are already dropping outside. The biggest factor tonight will be the wind chill, so you will be able to feel this cold to the bone. News 25 also talked to the shelter in Pascagoula earlier today and they are open to everyone seeking a place to stay. Katie Martin, a homeless resident, says, "It makes me feel good, fantastic, when you know you got somewhere to stay." We-we Carson, and Katie Martin are both homeless. They come to the Salvation Army every day for a hot meal. But with tonight's sudden drop in temperatures, they are planning to sleep at the Pascagoula facility overnight. Carson says, "I'm glad to be at the shelter. You know, I advise everyone to come to the shelter cause’ it’s warm. You get a free meal, you get your clothes washed, and it's a good place to bring the kids so the kids won't be cold." Carson and Martin are only two of a larger number of homeless residents on the Coast. They are encouraging others in their shoes to seek shelter from the cold as well. Martin also says, "Go find them a place. Don't sleep up under the bridge cause’ it's going to be 33 tonight."
Andy Bailey, the Commander of the Pascagoula Salvation Army, says his doors are open to everyone. He says, "Our doors open. It's always unlocked here, so we're just ready for anybody who needs help. We're ready to give them a cot, a mat, and hot food, whatever they need." Bailey says during cold weather, it isn't always the homeless who need a place to stay the night. Bailey also says, "Not just the homeless, but maybe for someone who's in a house, maybe don't have the proper utilities turned on, maybe they don't have heat to escape the danger of the cold weather." Bailey warns that cold weather is a danger and can be fatal. He urges anyone who needs a warm, safe place to stay to come to the Salvation Army.