Shelters make special provisions for homeless

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Area shelters are making special provisions today to keep homeless people out of the cold. The Salvation Army is on disaster alert because of subzero temperatures.

The Salvation Army will stay on disaster alert for most of this week, which means people seeking refuge can stay there during all hours of the day and night. It also means three meals are being served each day, two of them hot.

250 people are escaping the cold today, but Kathy Dodson says this is not full capacity, something she thinks they will reach tonight. Dodson explains, "We put up cots and blankets and pillows everywhere we can. We move into the dining hall, into the halls. We put folks everywhere the fire marshal will let us put them."

The Salvation Army began preparing Monday for the bone chilling cold by bringing in extra staff and food. Dodson worries if these cold temperatures continue, they may face trouble because they didn't receive as many donations as expected this past Christmas season.