Warming centers opening in SWFL due to dropping temperatures
With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures in the Interior/Northern Collier (Immokalee) area of 38-40F and in Western Collier of 40-44F, Collier County staff and the Red Cross will open the following warming shelters:
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Golden Gate Parkway
Naples, Florida 34116
Immokalee Community Park
321 N. First Street
Immokalee, Florida 34142.
The shelters open at 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 27. Guests must leave the shelters by 8 a.m., Wednesday, November 28.
No food services will be provided. Those who plan to use the warming center should take their own bedding, food, medications, toiletries, water, and anything else they need to be comfortable. Dogs and cats are permitted only if they are properly caged/crated. For information on the warming centers, call 239-253-4673.
As a reminder, cold weather safety rules include:
• Protect People: Pay careful attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold and the least able to protect themselves. Dress in layers and wear a hat that covers your ears when outdoors.
• Protect Pets: Bring pets indoors. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with the entrance facing away from the wind.
• Protect Against Fires in the Home: Take the time to prepare and inspect heating equipment before using. According to the National Fire Protection Association, incorrect use of heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires.