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Oct 5, 2012 5:40 PM by Greg Boyce

Warming shelter opens when temperature falls below 32 degrees

When temperatures drop below freezing the City of Colorado Springs opens warming shelters to those in need.

"Whenever blizzard conditions exist or the ambient temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, we activate a Warming Shelter to provide a place for those in need to get out of the elements," says Office of Emergency Management Manager Bret Waters.

The primary warming shelter is located at the Salvation Army's R.J. Montgomery Center at 709 S. Sierra Madre Ave., which can currently accommodate 25 individuals. The overflow location is the Springs Rescue Mission, which can provide shelter for an additional 20 individuals.

During blizzard conditions, individuals can check into the shelter after 7 p.m. and stay until conditions improve. During cold-weather activation, individuals can check in after 7 p.m. but must check out the following morning by 7 a.m., unless temperatures are expected to remain below 20 degrees.

"The Warming Shelters provide a safe refuge for those stuck outside during extreme winter weather conditions," says Salvation Army Director Gene Morris.

Normal shelter services may not be available and shelter visitors are expected to follow all rules. Among the Warming Shelter rules are:

  • No animals allowed in the shelter
  • No weapons, drugs, alcohol or violent behavior
  • Absolutely no smoking in the building
  • All bags/backpacks will be secured and inaccessible
  • Intoxicated individuals are not allowed and may be transported to Detox
  • Violent individuals will be transported to the Criminal Justice Center
  • Security Guard will check clients for weapons
  • When leaving in the mornings, put blankets in laundry cart near door for cleaning
  • Food and drink must be left in backpack; No food or drink in sleeping area

 

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