City of Tuscaloosa departments are ready to connect people needing a warm place to volunteers with Compassion Coalition’s Operation Warm-Up to find warm shelter during extreme cold weather.

Those in need of a warming station can call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311 during regular hours, call the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121 or approach any law enforcement or fire and rescue officer for information regarding shelter locations.

Run by the Compassion Coalition, an all-volunteer organization of churches and faith-based groups in the Tuscaloosa area, Operation Warm-Up provides warming stations or shelters for Tuscaloosa city and county residents Nov. 1 - March 31 when temperatures fall below 40 degrees for more than four hours.

So far this season, Operation Warm-Up has hosted around 250 people. They hosted around 450 people for the entire previous season.