With frigid overnight temperatures in the forecast, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and American Red Cross is opening a shelter in the rear gym of Community Christian Church at 1460 Lindberg Drive in Slidell.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday, residents will be allowed to shelter in the gym. Pets are not allowed, and those using the shelter must bring bedding, food and drink and personal hygiene items.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make sure they can safely and effectively heat their residences and to check at-risk families or neighbors.