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Advocates for homeless concerned about frigid forecast

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Homeless advocates concerned about the frigid forecast.

A spokesperson for the Committee on Temporary Shelter or COTS in Burlington says they are gearing up for the sub-zero temperatures. Monday and Tuesday are both "white-flag" nights, meaning the shelters will accept as many people as possible. Officials say they've added staff and hours to keep people safe and warm.

Homeless staying at the shelter will be given warm, dry clothing and screened for frost bite and hypothermia.

"There are also technical things, like making sure if power goes out, we have generators. I mean, we have people with very young children. There are not a lot of options because we are the last place people have to go and it's not an option for our systems to fail. If we don't have everything lined up, people could die. It's that black and white," Rita Markley, with COTS, said.

COTS will also hand out hundreds of pairs of socks to those staying at the shelter thanks to a donation from Cabot Hosiery.

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