Record low temperatures and a harsh wind chill have led Montgomery County officials to implement a hypothermia plan to keep homeless people off the cold streets.
County spokeswoman Mary Anderson said the hypothermia plan directs county shelters to stay open all day for the homeless, instead of just operating overnight.
“This way, individuals can stay indoors and warm during this time,” she said.
The plan will remain in effect throughout the weekend.
Aside from this special precaution, Montgomery County works to keep the homeless warm throughout the entire “hypothermia season,” from Nov. 1 to March 31. Emergency shelters are open every night and overflow space is lined up to take in anyone looking to escape the cold.