Mayor Appeals To Citizens To Check On Neighbors, Friends, Family

Press Release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Mayor Appeals To Citizens To Check On Neighbors, Friends, Family
Many residents hesitant to leave cold homes

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry expressed concern about those residents the shelters aren’t seeing in this third day of the ice storm. “Many of our neighbors may be trying to stay in their own homes, out of a sense of duty, fear or bravado,” said Mayor Henry. “It’s important that each of us makes a phone call or stops by to check on them, particularly older people who live alone. We don’t want anyone to remain in a cold home when there is plenty of room at warm and safe Red Cross shelters in our community.” 

The Red Cross shelters at the Memorial Coliseum and South Side High School are both still operating and have bedding and food for anyone who needs to stay someplace while their own home is without power. Individuals may bring their own personal items and bedding, if they wish. They may want to remember to bring baby formula and medications, if those are appropriate, as well.  If transportation is an issue, they can call the city’s One Call to City Hall, 3-1-1- and the call takers will attempt to find transportation for them. 

“Temperatures are bitter and the wind chill is predicted to be a concern through tomorrow, at least,” said Mayor Henry. “No one should put their health and safety at risk by remaining in a home without heat. This ice storm is a challenge, but we do not want it to become a tragedy.”

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