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January 07
Take Shelter in Cold Temperatures

Wake County is reminding people that agencies providing shelter for homeless individuals will implement the "White Flag" system whenever the temperature is projected to be 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below any time between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m, or when there is heavy or steady precipitation and the temperature is projected to be 38 degrees Fahrenheit or below between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The White Flag system is in effect through March 31, 2015. The shelters will not turn anyone away, even if they are at capacity.

White Flag events are identified by extreme inclement weather and an actual white flag displayed at the shelter facility. The sites are located in Raleigh at:

Location Address Contact
South Wilmington Street Center 1420 S. Wilmington St. 919-857-9428
The Healing Place of Wake County 3310 Glen Royal Road 919-838-9800
Raleigh Rescue Mission 314 E. Hargett St. 919-828-9014
Salvation Army 1863 Capital Blvd. 919-834-6733

All men seeking shelter should first contact the South Wilmington Street Center for referral. Women with children should contact The Salvation Army. Women with or without children may contact the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

On average, more than 1,000 individuals are homeless each night in Wake County, and thousands more are staying with other families and are at risk of homelessness. The South Wilmington Street Center alone accommodated 84,220 overnight stays for homeless individuals between 2013 and 2014.

Additionally, ReadyWAKE! provides emergency preparedness tips on how to keep safe during the winter months. For more information, visit www.readywake.com/beprepared/weather.





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