Officials issue White Flag event for Wednesday through Monday nights

January 19, 2022 | 10:41 am

Updated January 19, 2022 | 10:41 am

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The Daviess County Emergency Management Agency has issued a White Flag event for Wednesday through Monday nights, with the forecast calling for overnight the wind chill likely to be at or below 15°F.

The Daniel Pitino (501 Walnut St.) and St. Benedict’s (1001 W 7th St.) homeless shelters may not currently be at capacity. If capacity is exceeded during this impending cold weather event, Owensboro Christian Church will be open as a warming center, offering bedding from 6:30 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday.

If a warming center is required, the following transportation options are available:

  1. Monday-Friday: Owensboro Transit System bus route is free for White Flag shelterees. There are two bus stops near Owensboro Christian Church.
  2. Saturday evening (5:45 p.m.) and Sunday evening (6:15 p.m.): A van will pick up those seeking shelter at Daniel Pitino Shelter and transport them to Owensboro Christian Church.
  3. Self-transport to the warming shelter anytime from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the White Flag shelter. Meals will not be available at the Daniel Pitino Shelter during this White Flag event.

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.

January 19, 2022 | 10:41 am

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