"We have a lot of mats; they're the rubber-plastic mats and blankets," said Judy Klimcheck, residential services director for the Inter-Faith Council, which runs the Community House.
"We put tables away.
We call the fire department and tell them we have extra people in the building."
said it's hard to predict how many people will show up at the shelter in the next day or so, but the preparations her
agency is making are being paralleled all over the state as arctic temperatures arrive in North Carolina.
said the word usually gets around in the homeless population that cold weather is coming, but not everyone will get informed ahead of time.
"There's a variation of folks, including a huge variety of people who do not feel comfortable to participate in society, and they like being off by themselves," she
Sometimes those folks get caught by surprise when the cold hits.
said there are others who think they can build a little fire in the woods to keep themselves warm.
But the ferocity of the cold that's on the way this week can come as a surprise.
"Sometimes someone thinks they can be warm enough….
Those are the folks who won't even show up to us until 2 a.m.," Klimcheck
agency will be ready, with extra scarves, blankets and coats to give away for people who come in needing help.