- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Department of Homeless Services is increasing its outreach to ensure that unsheltered individuals are safe from the storm.

The agency is doubling the number of outreach vans it has on the streets from five to 11. An additional 10 vans will work along the subway system. The extra vans will remain in effect through Wednesday.

If roads become impassable, the agency says it can search for homeless with teams on foot patrol.

Homeless persons will be able to enter any shelter regardless of which one they are assigned to.

At a weather briefing Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged all New Yorkers to call 311 if they spotted a homeless person in need or 911 if the situation appeared to be life-threatening.

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