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Winter weather coming this weekend in Oklahoma; Here’s some information that can help keep you warm

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Arctic air is just around the corner. Along with frigid temperatures, some Oklahomans could see snow this weekend.

“It is very important that everyone is prepared for these sub-freezing temperatures, especially considering that they will occur around the holiday season,” said Adam Paluka, EMSA’s director of public affairs. , where people can gather outside,” said Adam Paluka, EMSA’s director of public affairs.

Paluka said to have prepared for the cold with lots of layers.

“We will have blankets on our trucks, we will have hand warmers and we will make sure that when we respond to cold contact or hypothermia calls, we will have an ambulance.” warmly waiting for those patients and we Paluka said.

The downtown Oklahoma City Homeless Coalition is also gearing up for the influx of people who need a warm place to stay during the winter months.

“We received special funding from HUD through Oklahoma City to keep that operation open seven days a week,” said Dan Straughan, executive director and founder of the Homeless Coalition. until the end of winter, through March 31,” said Dan Straughan, chief executive officer and founder of the Homeless Coalition. “So we’re really excited to be able to do that because there will be some cold days between now and the end of winter.”

There will be plenty of beds for those in need of a warm place to sleep this weekend, including day shelters at the Homeless Coalition, Rescue Army and City Rescue Mission.

But if you have a place to call home, but just need some help staying warm, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has two programs to help you: the Low Income Family Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ) and Low Income Home Water Assistance Programs (LIHWAP).

“This is an additional way we think we can help families in need at this time of year, especially,” said Deborah Smith, director of adult and family services at OKDHS. is with holiday-related winter-related extra costs.

When you sign up, you’ll need to submit your utility account number. If you are approved, OKDHS will send the money directly to your energy or water company.

You can sign up for support by visiting okdhslive.org. The state has more than $38 million in energy assistance and $14 million in water assistance. Last year, the state helped more than 80,000 families with energy.

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