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Shelters Declare Code Purple

With temperatures as low as 10 degrees over the next seven days, homeless shelters are preparing for an icy blast. They've declared a Code Purple. That's an alert for people who stay outdoors below freezing. Beginning Thursday night, dangerous cold could threaten lives.

Western Carolina Rescue Mission resident Arthur Gill says he worries about friends who may try to survive a 10 degree night or below outside. He and others at the mission appreciate a warm place to stay.

Last month the mission served nearly 10,000 meals for homeless people and families. They say the code puts officers and rescue workers on alert as they check homeless camps for anyone suffering from the cold.


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