MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for portions of South Florida from Jan. 30 at 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. when wind chill temperatures could get as low as 25 degrees.
That means many people may be turning on their central heating systems, which is something many of us don’t do very often.READ MORE: Shelters Opening In Miami-Dade, Broward To Protect Homeless In Weekend Cold Snap
Chris Koval’s family, longtime Floridians, know its rare to see such a plunge in temperaturesm causing many to switch from central A/C to central heat.
“I don’t have much winter clothes, because obviously, it’s summer year-round here,” Daniella Koval, Chris’ daughter said.
That’s why the family is doing some light preparation to make sure they stay warm.
“Some people don’t realize when they move here that they need to be covering those sensitive plants, make sure any pets are inside,” Chris Koval said.
HVAC experts recommend checking the heating, in case something isn’t working.
“It has a funny smell when it comes out for the first time in a while,” Koval noted.READ MORE: What Do The Animals At Zoo Miami Do When It’s Cold?
While many are getting ready at home, those on the streets will have to be prepared to find shelter.
“Yes all hands on deck, unfortunately, you battle COVID issues as well but we’re trying to get as many people off the streets,” said Tony Villasuso, Miami Rescue Mission Director.
The same group also heads Broward Outreach, however in Miami, Villasuso says they can open up 325 beds, though they are adding more for this cold spell.
“We’ve added in both campuses the ability to serve a 100 or as many as needed more,” he explained.
Villasuso wants people to come in for shelter, but he also expects many to choose to stay outside, that’s why he’ll have more food and warm articles of clothing ready to hand out.
Back in Miramar, Koval hopes people will be careful with heating.MORE NEWS: Cold Weather Coming, Protect The Four P’s: People, Pets, Plants, Property
“The firemen will be called out to a house because they kept a space heater close to curtains or furniture and like clockwork, it happens every time we get these cold snaps so people will have to be aware of this stuff,” he said.