From the Home Office:
The City of St. Louis Department of Health is urging people to prepare for extended cold weather. St. Louis is expecting severe cold weather beginning Thursday and running through most of next week. Temperature highs will reach the upper 20s with lows falling to single digits. A second round of cold weather is expected around December 15th. The Health Department is advising residents to maintain their homes at a minimum 60 degree temperature, dress in layers both inside and outside, and to not use alternative heating sources to warm their homes. The use of alternative heating sources is a major health hazard in the winter. "Alternative heating sources are dangerous and pose a risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning," said Dennis Jenkerson City of St. Louis Fire Chief. Heat-Up St. Louis is helping area seniors and the disabled with their winter heating bills, they and qualified area low-income households should call 314-241-7668, or log onto www.heatupstlouis.org.
For information on warming sites, you can contact United Way Greater St. Louis Information Referral line at 1-800-427-4626 or dial 2-1-1.
The City of St. Louis will also open its Cold Weather Overflow Shelter to accommodate homeless men, women and children during the severe cold. The shelter, located at the 12th and Park Rec Center, will be open Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday (December 5-8, 2013) nights. "The Overflow Shelter is a crucial resource for some of our most vulnerable neighbors," Bill Siedhoff, Director of Human Services, said.
The City provides the Overflow Shelter as part of a cooperative project, supported by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, AmeriCorps St. Louis and Windsor Veteran Transitional Housing.