FORT MYERS, Fla. - A sudden cold snap has plants, animals and people all in need of shelter. Many Southwest Floridians spent the day preparing for the chilly tempertures.
As the temperature droped into the 30's, birds of prey at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium headed toward the light.
"In nature they are going to be hunkered down in big nests and we really don't have nesting material here for them so we hooked up 250 bulbs. They'll get the warmth that they'd get in the nest," said Steve Masek, "For the mammals, like the foxes and the possums and the raccoons, you can get them a little dog house with a blanket and they'll hunker right down."
Animals are not the only ones feeling the chill.
Mike Greenwell, owner of 31 Produce says they've been working since 7:00a.m. Sunday morning, blanketing the 5 acres of friut and vegatables on his 14 acre farm.
"We put hay some of our tomatoes and we've covered all the other crops," he said.
Anytime it falls below 45 degrees, the Salvation Army turns Sally's Café into a place where people can take shelter for the night.
"Even though it doesn't happen a lot here in Southwest Florida, when it gets cold outside we know that people need to come inside and people that are typically sleeping on the streets will come inside to sleep in this facility," said Sarah Clarke.
Charlotte County Office of Emergency Management opened cold weather shelters Sunday evening at the following locations:
Port Charlotte Cold Weather Shelters:
- The Salvation Army Charlotte County Corps at 2120 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte (capacity to hold 50 people)
- Charlotte County Homeless Coalition at 1476 Kenesaw Street, Port Charlotte.
Englewood Cold Weather Shelter:
- St. David’s will provide soup and bread for all residents of the shelter. Red Cross will manage the dorm facility. The shelter will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. All residents must be in the shelter by 11 p.m. The shelter will be located at St. David’s Parish Hall, 401 S. Broadway in Englewood. For more information, contact St. David’s at 941-474-3140 or the Red Cross at 941-629-4345.
Residents seeking further information, please contact:
Charlotte County Office of Emergency Management – 941-833-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Charlotte County American Red Cross – 941-629-4345, 24 hours.
Charlotte County Human Services – 941-235-0159 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. David’s Parish Hall – 941-474-3140
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition – 941- 627-4313
Charlotte County 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or 941-205-2161, 24 hours