HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A blast of cold air is approaching the coast, and that means that the cold weather shelters have opened their doors. With the low temperatures expected to hang around, it could be a long week for volunteers.
"With Mother Nature turning down the thermostat this week, we're going to have temperatures all the next five night, so we're going to be here. We'll be open every night. It will be staffed with volunteers and Harrison County personnel to make sure that it's a safe clean environment for our citizens to use," said Windy Swetman
The coastal shelters always open when overnight temperatures are set to drop below 40 degrees, but usually that doesn't happen for five consecutive days. Still, Swetman said they're prepared at the D'Iberville shelter.
"We're here to make sure that no one out there goes hungry or has to sleep in the cold. We encourage residents, if they don't have heat, to come here and they can get a warm meal and get a warm bed," Said Swetman.
The Salvation Army shelter in Gulfport is echoing that message. Chilly temperatures have them gearing up for a long week as well.
"I think we usually have a good cadre of volunteers to meet the need. What happens at the end of such a long period is that the volunteers get tired as well," said Al Mayeu.
That's why Mayeu is asking anyone who would like to pitch in and donate some time to come lend them a hand.
"There are a lot of shifts to cover from 4pm in the afternoon to 8am in the morning, so we can use any help that we can get," said Mayeu.
If you would like to volunteer, you can contact the shelter at (228) 374-8301.