The American Red Cross is moving the St. Tammany Parish warming shelter from the gymnasium in John Slidell Park to Community Christian Church at 1460 Lindberg Drive, spokeswoman Melissa Eugene said Wednesday.
The shelter, which opened Tuesday morning, had seven occupants, and Slidell Police were assisting them in moving to the new location. Plans call for keeping the shelter open through 8 a.m. Thursday.
The Red Cross had a total of five shelters, which housed 15 people overnight Tuesday. But on Wednesday, the three shelters in Tangipahoa Parish and the one shelter in Calcasieu Parish were closing
“Many of the residents who stayed in the shelters have returned home, and there is no indication that additional sheltering is needed in Tangipahoa or Calcasieu parishes,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “We’ll continue to monitor the needs in our community, and our volunteers will continue to manage the shelter in Slidell.”
Decisions on when to open and close shelters are made in conjunction with the offices of emergency preparedness in each parish, Eugene said.
Occupants were asked to bring their own food, but volunteer Lauren Maheu, who was staffing the Slidell location, said that the Red Cross had some heatable meals, coffee and water. The Red Cross also had cots and blankets.
More than 50 volunteers and staff worked to respond to the winter storm. Volunteers from AmeriCorps, the McNeese Red Cross Club, Southeastern Louisiana University Red Cross Club, Tangipahoa Parish CERT and the Seventh Day Adventists pitched in, some by staffing the shelters.