Metro urges public to take caution during extreme cold

Metro urges public to take caution during extreme cold (Image 1)

The Metro Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is urging the public to take shelter during the forecasted extreme cold.

The agency has teamed up with several non-profits to assist those exposed to the colder temperatures. In partnership, local shelters have expanded capacity and recruited volunteers to handle the expected increase of traffic over the next several days.

“We want everyone to take necessary precautions to stay safe during this upcoming weather when temperatures overnight will dip well below freezing,” said Mayor Karl Dean said in a statement released Friday.

The mayor's office, OEM, Nashville Fire Department, and Metro Nashville Police Department plan to monitor weather conditions through Tuesday night.

Persons exposed to the cold can become distressed or disoriented. Extreme cold can also lead to frostbite, hypothermia, or even death.

An Extreme Weather Information Line has been set up by the Metro Homelessness Commission to help those in need find shelter. A updated, recorded message can be heard by dialing 615-800-0195.

A mobile “Cold Patrol,” which seeks out and transports homeless individuals to shelters in below freezing temperatures, will be operated by Union Rescue Mission.

Metro's non-emergency number will also accept calls from those needing assistance or those wanting to report a person in need.  The non-emergency line is 615-862-8600.

The following shelter information has been provided by Metro Government:

– Nashville Rescue Mission, which will remain open through the day. Men's Campus: 639 Lafayette Street – Women's Campus: 1716 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard

– Room In The Inn, which will have extended day hours. For shelter through Room In The Inn's congregations, please be at 705 Drexel Street by 4:30 p.m.

– Open Table Nashville, which will open emergency warming shelters for people with pets, couples and others who cannot be served at other locations. Shelters will be open Sunday, January 5, through Tuesday, January 7. For shelter through Open Table, please be at Church Street Park across from the Downtown Public Library by 5 p.m.

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