Metro Government Working To Protect At-Risk Residents From Cold
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro government is preparing for the upcoming stretch of cold temperatures by making sure people in need have a place to stay.
A team effort coordinated by the Mayor's office, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Department, and Metro Nashville Police Department aims to keep people safe, warm and off the streets.
"Allow us to assist you," said Charles Shannon, Nashville Assistant Fire Chief. "We can't help if you don't allow us to help you."
Area non-profit shelters are adding beds and adjusting hours in an effort to help additional people. The Nashville Rescue Mission will remain open during the day, Room In the Inn will have extended day hours, and Open Table Nashville will open emergency warming shelters Jan. 5 through Jan 7.
Metro police and fire crews will also be patrolling streets day and night looking for people who need to find a place to stay.
"The police department is going to be focusing our efforts on conducting welfare checks on individuals on the street," said Commander Jason Reinbold. "We will literally conduct several hundred over the next few days."
The Nashville Rescue Mission will also continue to operate its "Cold Patrols" to help transport homeless individuals to shelters.
Anyone who needs help Davidson County, is encouraged to call Metro's non-emergency number for assistance, (615) 862-8600.
For updated information regarding available shelter beds, call the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission's Extreme Weather Information Line at (615) 800-0195.