Church leaders check elderly for cold - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Church leaders check elderly for cold

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Community leaders are reaching out to people who could be in danger because of this unusually cold weather. They're asking for your help to make sure the elderly stay warm and safe.

With temperatures expected about 20 tonight, the Albany Rescue Mission is opening up their chapel tonight to house the many homeless they expect to seek a warm place to sleep tonight. Some church leaders are worried about elderly people in the community, living alone, who could be cold in their homes. They are going door to door checking on them.

Pastor David Wilson checks on Mary James, to make sure she has sufficient heat. Rhema Word International Ministries sent out several people today to check on elderly members of their congregation...making sure they are safe.

Bishop Victor Powell said "You'd be surprised how many elderly people will tell you they get no visitors. The family members don't come by or call."

Public health officials say the elderly are often at risk in extreme cold, and community leaders worry that many seniors will not turn their heat up because of money worries. So Rhema Word leaders are visiting many seniors today to check.

Powell said "Just warning them of the cold weather. Dressing up when they go to bed. Double layer, turn your water on so pipes don't freeze. And just reminding them to turn the heat up so it comes on a little bit more often and they are warm."

Mary James has her heat on, and can't imagine why anyone would not.

James said "I don't know, but if they don't they sure are cold."

Rhema Word leaders say they can't reach everyone, so they are asking you to check on the elderly in your neighborhood, and make sure they can stay warm during this extreme cold.

Albany Water Gas and Light is not turning off anyone's power because of the freezing temperatures, to make sure their heat continues even if they can't pay their bill. W.G.and L. officials know that people have died from heat exposure in many years, but they say they have no recorded instance of a person dying from the cold in Albany. They want to make sure that stays true in this week of forecast extreme cold.

The Lowndes County Emergency Management Office has opened a shelter for people because of the cold.

The Mathis City Auditorium opened at six this evening and will stay open until 10 in the morning.

Food is not provided there, and pets are not allowed.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:52:01 GMT
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>
  • Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:44 GMT
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>
  • Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:29 GMT
    Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)

    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

    More >>

    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly