With the cold weather lasting throughout the night and into the morning, the Salvation Army has activated cold weather shelters here on the Coast.
Salvation Army locations in Gulfport and Pascagoula opened at 6 p.m. this evening in a first come, first serve format and will close at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.
CDC guidelines are being followed within the shelters, including spacing the cots out for social distancing, serving meals at each bedside instead of in a group setting and having guests fill out a health survey once they enter the shelter.
Salvation Army officials say these shelters fill a critical need when the temperature drops. Jillian Rodriguez with the Salvation Army said, “The people, a lot of them don’t have warm beds or shelters to go to, and so we provide that space. We have the bed, we have the warmth, we have the meal, and it’s a safety from the cold that they might not have.”
Salvation Army shelters open when it is 40 degrees if raining/precipitation or 35 degrees and below. This based on the low wind chill factor.