Okaloosa, Santa Rosa & Walton Counties Announce Opening of Cold Weather Shelters

January 12, 2018

Okaloosa County:

With the return of temperatures that threaten to move below freezing through the weekend, the Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety has announced the opening of cold weather shelters for those county residents who may not have access to proper heating.

The north end shelter for Friday night, January 12, and Saturday night, January 13, will be located at Helping Hands, 428 McLaughlin Street, in Crestview. The shelter will open at 6:00pm and remain open until 7:00am on both nights.
On Sunday night, January 14, the north end shelter will open at Lifepoint Church, located at 400 South Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview. The hours will also be from 6:00pm Sunday night until 7:00am Monday morning.

For the south end of Okaloosa County, the cold weather shelter will open at One Hopeful Place, located at 1564 Percy L. Coleman Road in Ft. Walton Beach. That shelter will remain open around the clock as necessary.

Santa Rosa County:

A cold weather shelter for the homeless or heatless will be open nights through Wed., Jan. 17 at Ferris Hill Baptist Church, 6848 Chaffin St. in Milton. Those who would like to stay at the shelter must arrive between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after 8:30 p.m. unless brought in by law enforcement. The shelter closes at 7 a.m. each morning.
Santa Rosa County’s cold weather shelter is operated by Ferris Hill Baptist Church, utilizing volunteer resources and donations. It opens each night weather is forecasted to drop below 40 degrees, typically December through March. The shelter is for people who are homeless or cannot maintain heat in their home, can care for themselves, and are not at risk to themselves or others. No one will be admitted to the shelter who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unable to walk unaided or disoriented.
Walton County:

Walton County Emergency Management has activated the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter Plan for Walton County this evening, Friday, 12 January 2018. The following cold weather emergency shelter will be open beginning at 5:30 p.m.

DeFuniak Springs Community Center
361 North 10th Street
DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433

The National Weather Service predicts a temperature of below 40°F in Walton County. Freezing temperatures are possible late tonight through tomorrow morning, Saturday, 13 January 2018.


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