LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The LPD Homeless Outreach team is working to help the homeless as extreme heat settles in on the South Plains.
The CDC says people who are out in the heat for an excessive time are more susceptible to heat-related illness like heat stroke, particularly the homeless population.
"Once the temperatures get above 100, we will give them a bottle of water to break the ice to see what's going on," Sergeant Steven Bergen said.
The CDC says people should drink water and stay in a cool area, but the HOT Team reminds us it's not that easy for a homeless person to do that.
The goal of the HOT Team is to intercept the homeless, to keep them out of jail and divert them to services or shelters, especially in extreme weather. Officers with the Homeless Outreach Team keep water in their vehicles to pass out in case they come across someone who needs a drink.
"It's hard for an individual to tell themselves if they are overheating," Bergen said. "A lot of [our job for the HOT Team] is just driving around to see if we can make contact with folks that may need help."
If officers come across anyone in the homeless population who needs help, they will take them to a shelter. If you would like to donate to help the homeless, click here.