Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Winter Emergency help needed

La Crosse Mayor Reynolds Announces Severe Weather Plan

From: Sampson, Brian <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Subject: Emergency Weather Plan

The Mayor of La Crosse will be making a temporary emergency declaration to allow the use of particular city buildings as 24/7 shelter. The declaration will go into effect at 5 p.m. this evening (December 21) and last until 8 a.m. Monday morning (covering the duration of the storm).

The Southside Neighborhood Center will be the primary building offered with check-in beginning today at 5 p.m. Any guests utilizing the shelter will need to fill out an entry form and will only be able to bring in what can be stored in a 30-gallon tote (when they leave, the belongings will need to be taken with). The facility will be locked down to new entries after 8 p.m. (the police department will be able to drop off individuals if needed). Upon entering, each guest will receive a numbered tote and yoga mat. The maximum capacity will be 40 people.

The Neighborhood Center will be staffed with at least two security guards at all times. We would like volunteers to help support the individuals utilizing the site as well. I have created a google document that people can enter in their names and the hours they want to volunteer for. Please let me know if you would like to sign up for volunteer hours—I’m trying to limit access to as needed only. There will also be a sign-up sheet for meals as well.

This is a fluid situation and the policies/procedures may change as we go along. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Brian Sampson, MSW
Homeless Services Coordinator
City of La Crosse

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