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Friday January 12th, 2018 :: 10:57 a.m. EST


Freezing temperatures this weekend

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The National Weather Service forecasts freezing temperatures in the New Orleans area beginning tonight, Friday, Jan. 12, through early next week. Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions during cold weather. For more information, visit

Shelter for the Homeless

The City is activating the Citywide Freeze Plan beginning the evening of Friday, Jan. 12, and ending the morning of Monday, Jan.15 to provide temporary overnight shelter for homeless residents.Homeless individuals needing shelter will be accepted, free of charge:

  • The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Ave. – will accept men and women beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St. – will accept men only beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Covenant House, 611 North Rampart St. – will accept men and women between the ages of 16 to 21, their dependent children, and any woman with dependent minor children 24/7.
  • New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will accept men and women beginning at 4 p.m.
Call the New Orleans Police Department non-emergency number, 504-821-2222, to report someone in need of shelter.

Cold Weather Preparedness

Stay warm

  • Stay inside in heat during extreme cold.
  • If you have to go outside, wear layers, a hat & gloves and carry a cell phone.
  • Check on neighbors, children, the elderly & chronically ill to make sure they are okay.
  • Bring pets inside.

Know the signs of cold-related illness

See a doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you or someone you know has these symptoms:


  • Shivering or fumbling hands
  • Exhaustion or drowsiness
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Bright red, cold skin or very low energy in infants


  • Redness or pain in any skin area
  • White or grayish-yellow skin area
  • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • Numbness

Practice fire safety & prepare your home

For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit  

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