D.C. Shelter Offers Round-The-Clock Refuge During Hypothermia Alert | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

D.C. Shelter Offers Round-The-Clock Refuge During Hypothermia Alert

Play associated audio
D.C. shelters are preparing for additional people as temperatures drop into the low thirties this week.
www.flickr.com/Ed Yourdon
D.C. shelters are preparing for additional people as temperatures drop into the low thirties this week.

By Mana Rabiee

With overnight temperatures expected to remain in the low thirties this week, homeless service providers near Union Station in D.C. are working into the night to help bring people in from the cold.

At the Federal City Shelter in Northwest D.C, the staff try to locate a volunteer van service that gathers the homeless around Union Station into nearby shelters for the night.

"What time is the hypothermia van coming through here?"

D.C. law requires shelters to offer space to anyone seeking refuge during a hypothermia alert -- that's when temperatures drop to thirty-two degrees or lower.

Federal City remains open round-the-clock during an alert. But many other shelters open their doors only at night and require residents to vacate the next morning.

An elderly man who didn't want to give his name enters the Federal City holding room for hypothermia walk-ins. He says he had to leave his previous shelter because temperatures weren't cold enough to stay open.

"But it wasn't below 32, it was above 32, so they had no choice," he says.

So if it's 33 or 34 degrees outside, "you're out in the street. You deal with it."

A Federal City spokesman says private shelters run by churches and other non-profits are more likely to open their doors only at night.

NPR

HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations

HBO got 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, the most of any network. HBO's Game of Thrones got 19 nominations, one ahead of FX's miniseries Fargo.
NPR

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Democrats And Republicans Fight Over Investigating Senator's Resignation

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.
NPR

Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

According to a report in The New York Times, hackers accessed U.S. government databases in March and apparently targeted files on employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.