The City of Springfield activated its cold weather emergency response plan on Tuesday morning due to an Alberta Clipper that remains on course to hit the region on Tuesday and bring with it some bone-chilling temperatures.
Springfield's Department of Health and Human Services (SDHHS) will increase awareness of cold weather precautions for the general public and implement a plan to provide temporary overnight shelter to homeless and inadequately housed residents.
Residents are encouraged to dial 911 to report the location of individuals who may need assistance, outreach or transportation to shelter locations.
The SDHHS Commissioner, Helen R. Caulton-Harris, issued the following guidelines in a statement:
During the cold weather emergency situation, a Springfield police prevention team will respond to calls to assist people who need transportation to shelters.
“Exposure to cold temperatures, can cause serious or life threatening health problems infants and the elderly are at high risk,” Caulton-Harris said.
Other tips include:
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