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Public Service Announcement – White Flag Warming Center

According to the National Weather Service (Paducah), White Flag criteria (15ºF or lower air temperature and/or wind chill) may be met Thursday (December 24, 2020) and Friday (December 25, 2020) nights.

The Daniel Pitino (501 Walnut St, Owensboro, KY) and St. Benedict’s (1001 W 7th St, Owensboro, KY) homeless shelters are currently not at capacity. If capacity is exceeded during this impending cold weather event (December 24-25), Owensboro Christian Church (OCC) will be open as a warming center, offering bedding from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.

If a warming center is required, transportation will be provided from the Daniel Pitino Shelter to OCC at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 24th, and/or Friday, December 25th. Those seeking shelter may also self-transport to the warming shelter anytime 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. either night. The White Flag shelter entrance will be between OCC entrances “C” and “D” on the New Hartford Rd side.

Families, women and/or children should contact the Daniel Pitino Shelter (270-688-9000) and men should contact St. Benedict’s (270-541-1003) to inquire if the warming center is in operation, or if there are available bed spaces within one of the existing shelters. Again, OCC will only be open if the homeless shelters are at full capacity. The Daniel Pitino Shelter will also be offering meals:

  • Breakfast: Delivered to OCC at 7:00 A.M.
  • Dinner: 5:30 P.M. (at Daniel Pitino Shelter)

Due to the holidays, Owensboro Transit System buses or GRITS will not be available for transportation. Due to COVID-19, all protective measures (social distancing, masks, handwashing, quarantine) will be strictly enforced. There is an area pre-designated for quarantine if required.

Please contact Daviess County EMA Director Andy Ball (270-685-8448) with further questions.

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