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By Joan Murray

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Get ready to bundle up, throw an extra blanket on the bed and find those fuzzy slippers you haven’t seen since the last time it got chilly.

Some of the coldest air of the year is headed our way.   Temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s and 30s Monday night into Tuesday.

With a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for all of South Florida and a Freeze Watch in effect for Northern and Western Broward Tuesday morning.

In addition to bringing in any outdoor pets we also have to make sure our tropical plants are taken care of.

“If you have any outside, bring them in,” said Trevis Eneas, who works in the Garden Dept. at a Ft. Lauderdale Home Depot. “Orchids, young vegetable stuff, you know the ones that are starting from seedlings, the stuff that is just coming up now.  That’s what the big nurseries do.”

South Florida officials are preparing to help keep the homeless warm.

Broward County has declared a cold weather emergency for Monday night, from 6:30 p.m. ending at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning; and Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Homeless persons are advised to report to the following locations, no later than 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings for transportation to special cold night shelters:

• Pompano Beach
Pompano Beach City Hall
100 W. Atlantic Blvd. (Southeast Corner)

• Fort Lauderdale
The Salvation Army
1445 W. Broward Blvd.

• Hollywood
Broward Outreach Center
2056 Scott St.

The Salvation Army of Broward County, located at 1445 West Broward Blvd. will open their doors to homeless people who need a place to stay during the cold weather. Food and hot beverages will be served. Doors will open Monday at 5:00 pm

On a normal night, the Salvation Army provides shelter for 160 people. According to Major Gene Hogg, Area Commander, “No one will be turned away.”

Major Hogg has also issued an appeal to the public for blankets that they can distribute to the area’s homeless population. According to Hogg, “We are in urgent need of blankets to give to the men, women and children who do not have a place to live. We will be happy to accept new, or used blankets in clean and good condition. God Bless you.”

To donate blankets please bring them to The Salvation Army of Broward County, 1445 West Broward Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale.

For more resources, call the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership at 954-357-6101 or 954-357-6167. In Miami-Dade, call the Community Partnership For Homeless at 305-329-3000.


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