Santa Rosa, Walton Counties extend cold weather shelter openings

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Santa Rosa County residents seeking refuge from the cold weather will now be able to enter the new year in a warm place.

A cold weather shelter for the homeless or heatless will be open every night through Thursday, Jan. 4th at Ferris Hill Baptist Church, located at 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 7:00 a.m. each morning.

Santa Rosa County's cold weather shelter is operated by Ferris Hill Baptist Church and utilizes 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.

There are also shelters that will be open in Walton County.

Walton County Emergency Management has activated the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter Plan for Walton County this evening, Sunday, 31 December 2017.

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, Monday, Jan. 1st 2018.

Walton County Emergency Management will continue to monitor weather developments and make additional announcements as necessary.

Please call Walton County Emergency Management at (850) 951-2017 if you have any questions.

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