Shelters preparing for cold snap

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In anticipation of dangerously cold weather conditions, the La Crosse County Health Department is issuing a special public health alert to remind people to stay indoors. For those seeking shelter, accommodations have been expanded at both the Salvation Army at 223 8th Street South, and the La Crosse Warming Center at the First Baptist Church at 1209 Main Street.

In anticipation of the needs of people who may have heating issues at their own residences, the City of La Crosse and the La Crosse Center have opened the doors of the South Hall for overnight and daytime warming. Individuals needing to get out of the cold for a few hours or a few nights can enter the center through the South Hall entrance on 2nd Street.

The La Crosse Area VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has mobilized the resources of its membership to provide cots, blankets, food, and volunteers to accommodate overnight shelter from the cold between the hours of 5:00 PM through 8:00 AM for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
The La Crosse Center will welcome families and individuals (and pets on a case-by-case basis).

Area residents can call 2-1-1 for more information.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis---With a wind chill advisory in effect. Shelters want to make sure people in need know their doors are open. The Sojourner House in Eau Claire says they still have beds available.

Director Dan Robinson says Friday night (1/3/2014) they had 42 people stay the night and will make room for more people who come to their door.

Robinson says the houses usually capacity is 50.