As exceptionally cold weather continues to linger around OkaloosaCounty, the Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety has announced the opening of the following locations as cold weather shelters in both north and south OkaloosaCounty for those residents who do not have access to heating. 

In north Okaloosa, Helping Hands will serve as a daytime cold weather shelter. Helping Hands will be open as a shelter from 6:00 am until 5:30 pm from Tuesday, January 2nd, until Friday, January 5th. Helping Hands is located just behind the FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, at 428 McLaughlin Street in Crestview. 

At night, the Community of Christ Church will serve as the cold weather shelter. That shelter will open Tuesday, January 2nd, at 6:00 pm, and will operate through the night until 5:30 am. The shelter will operate each night until Friday, January 5th, and is located at 398 West First Avenue in Crestview. 

In the Southern half of OkaloosaCounty, One Hopeful Place will serve as an around the clock cold weather shelter. The shelter is open now, and will remain operational as needed. The address for One Hopeful Place is 1564 Percy Coleman Road in Fort Walton Beach. 

The Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the developing cold weather, and will release information and updates as they become necessary.