Preparations have been underway since Monday, January 27 for the expected winter weather.
The Salvation Army opened its doors overnight to people who need shelter from the cold temperatures and winter precipitation. They said more than 80 men and women stayed overnight and were served a hot breakfast.
“Many homeless actually consider last night’s weather ‘bearable,’ so we expect more to continue coming in throughout the day as temperatures drop and rain moves in,” explained Katie Emer, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. “Being cold is one thing, but being wet and cold is far worse. We want everyone to stay safe, warm and dry.”
The Salvation Army will stay open as a 24-hour emergency shelter through Thursday morning. They will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner – as well as coffee and water – to anyone coming in from the cold.
FOX10 News Reporter Steve Alexander is at the Salvation Army covering activities and will have a full report tonight on FOX10 News at 4 and 5 p.m.