C.K. Newsome Center opens for white flag weekend

C.K. Newsome Center opens for white flag weekend

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Resources are available in Evansville to help people get out of the cold.

However, there are changes at many of the shelters because of the coronavirus. The community shelter is being held now at the C.K. Newsome Center.

A trio of 14 News alert days are set in the Tri-State for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

[On alert for light snow Saturday, bitter cold Sunday-Monday]

Community resources are combining efforts ahead of the cold. Wind chills late in the weekend and into early next week are expected to approach zero and below.

“We definitely plan to see a high response, especially for those to-go meals,” Evansville Rescue Mission Director of Development Kyle Gorman shared. “Where they may not necessarily need a place to stay that night, but maybe it’s too cold to go out and get food or to sit somewhere.”

Local organizations like Evansville Rescue Mission and United Caring Services, which usually operate independently, are working with the city and others on shelter needs.

The central shelter location at the C.K. Newsome Center helps with cleaning and pandemic protocols.

“Our workforce are people-people, so we like to be around people and help people,” Gorman added. “It’s just made it more difficult with having to lower our capacity. But, it’s also given us an amazing clarity to really dive in on our programming and help the guys that were serving hands-on every day.”

For homeowners, this weather can lead to frozen pipes.

If your house is at risk, you could leave a slow drip of faucet water.

Also open your cabinets, which gives walls better access to warmer air.

Meanwhile, check your heat too. The Department of Energy recommends keeping it at 68 degrees.

For vehicle owners, make sure you’ve got at least a half tank of gas. Build a car kit with warm clothes, gloves, water bottles and snacks. Keep a few helpful tools in your trunk such as jumper cables, a phone charger and flashlight.

The doors at the C.K. Newsome Center opened Friday at 7 p.m.

If you need to go inside, come back to the gym entrance on Sycamore Avenue.

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