Mobile and Baldwin Counties Prepare for Freeze Warning

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It’s freezing outside, literally. Mobile and Baldwin counties received their first freeze warning of the season beginning Thursday at 12 a.m. and ending Friday around 8 a.m.

It’s that time of year again when FOX10 News reminds you to protect your ‘P’s: your people, pets, plants and pipelines. They may be simple reminders, but they are critical to keeping you and your family safe.

A local says that she is preparing for the cold snap.

“I’m going home and I’m going to bring about 50 houseplants; that’s my afternoon job,” Jeannie Howell said.

And don’t forget to check those pipes.

“It wraps them really well and if you’re not sure, you should leave a little drop in the sink to keep the water circulating and it doesn’t freeze and break,” added Randy Howell.

Meanwhile, the Mobile Coast Rescue Mission expects more men and women to come through their doors as the temperature plummets.

The Mission already serves men and women who lack shelter in the community, but they say these low temperatures will likely bring an increase in people seeking relief from the cold.

“We pray that no one is left out in this weather,” said Jim Langston, director of the Mobile Coast Rescue Mission. “It’s life-threatening, so we’ll do everything we can to bring them in.”

It’s all hands on deck as the Mission prepares beds and hot meals.

“Occasionally, because we provide people with a place to stay, we’ll have someone lose their temper or have substance abuse issues, we have to ask them to leave and put them on a temporary ban. When cold weather or severe weather hits, those bans are lifted. We want everyone to go in and out of the weather so that we are as accessible as possible to anyone who needs shelter,” Langston added.

The Mobile Animal Shelter warns people to be careful around their furry friends, from covering their paws to bringing them inside at night.

Still, some argue that the cold is not so bad.

“Hot chocolate, apple cider and good Christmas songs,” Randy Howell said.

“From Thanksgiving to Christmas,” added Jeannie Howell.

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