LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s official: Lansing has activated its “Code Blue” cold weather emergency plan.

This comes ahead of a large winter storm that’s expected to hit mid-Michigan within 24 hours.

The “Code Blue” order directs the Department of Human Relations and Community Services and the Lansing Fire Department’s Emergency Management Division to help those most in need of warmth.

The plan will go into effect on December 22 at 8:00 a.m. and end the Tuesday, December 27, at 8:00 a.m.

“With the snow and extreme cold weather in the forecast for Lansing over the coming holiday weekend, I want to ensure we are working with our partner agencies to have a plan in place for those who are on the streets and need shelter. It is going to be far too cold outside for people and I have been working with our City departments to help get people into warm, safe shelter as much as possible,” Mayor Andy Schor said in a press release.

Those in need of a warm place to stay can visit the following locations:

  • Thursday, December 22
    • Day: Holy Cross New Hope Community Center
    • Night: Holy Cross New Hope Community Center & The Outreach Drop-In Center
  • Friday, December 23
    • Day: Holy Cross New Hope Community Center
    • Night: Holy Cross New Hope Community Center & The Outreach Drop-In Center
  • Saturday, December 24
    • Day: Advent House
    • Night: The Outreach Drop-In Center
  • Sunday, December 25
    • Day: Advent House
    • Night: The Outreach Drop-In Center

If capacity issues arise, Avent House will activate its facility and handle the overflow. Advent House will also care for families, seniors, and individuals with limited mobility.

“We are doing everything possible to make sure our homeless population or anyone who needs a warm place has somewhere to go over this holiday weekend,” Mayor Schor says. “My staff, and the staff and volunteers at our partner agencies, have been working closely to ensure plans are in place and all residents who need shelter during these freezing temperatures are taken care of. We know there are some who are resistant to accepting these services for a variety of reasons, but it is going to be very cold, and we all hope that these individuals will accept this help and can get warm.”

Kim Coleman, Director of the Department of Human Relations & Community Services.