Warming centers are opening around the Heartland due to extreme cold temperatures outside.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state's warming centers as temperatures across the state are forecast to dip to unsafe lows.
Illinois has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois.
According to Randolph County EMA, the Sparta Senior Center, 500 West 2nd St., will open as a warming center at 6 p.m. Saturday and remain open until further notice.
According to Jacob Swain, the Pastor of The View Church in Carbondale (located at 1201 South Giant City Road), the church will be open as a temporary warming shelter from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Anyone from the community is welcome. The church office can be reached at 618-351-0811.
Union County, Illinois Emergency Management said the following warming shelters will be open on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 6-7:
The Franklin County EMA said the following warming centers will be open Jan. 5 to Jan. 10:
The following warming centers will be opening at 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 4) and will remain open until needed, according to the Saline County, Illinois Sheriff's Office:
"The state will do everything it can to protect residents during the severe cold that's coming our way," Governor Quinn said. "We also urge citizens to be aware of the serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold, and I urge everyone to take special precautions to stay safe during this cold snap."
The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state.
The warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quinn and the Illinois Department on Aging are also encouraging relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to seniors living alone.
Older persons are more susceptible to the cold, so seniors should set their thermostats above 65 degrees, according to IDPH.
People who lower the thermostat to reduce heating bills risk developing hypothermia.
Also at risk are older people who take certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition and who have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
Quinn offers the following tips that seniors are encouraged to do to best handle cold temps:
To find a warming center near you in Illinois, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov.
Scott Craig in Massac County has straw bales that his is giving away for free until 10 p.m. Saturday. If you need the donation to help keep outside animals warm during this brutal cold you're welcome to call him at 618-638-2700.
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Spring Bayou Baptist Church at 11205 Woodville Rd. in Kevil, Ky. is open as a warming center from Sunday to Monday at 6 a.m.
The Red Cross on Myra Drive in Cape Girardeau hopes to open as a warming center at 8 a.m. Monday.
The Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau will open at 7:30 a.m. Monday as a warming center.
According to Penny Williams with Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation-The Osage Centre will open at 10 a.m. Monday. People can come and warm up. The parking lot is clear, and the sidewalks are clear. People can come and play basketball in the gym or just sit at the tables and watch television in the lobby. The workout gym is also still open. For more information, call 573-339-6340.
Cape Girardeau city facilities will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, including Parks and Recreation facilities, due to road conditions. Once open, the Parks and Recreation facilities (Osage, Arena, Shawnee Park Center) will be open for the remainder of their regular business hours for warming centers. For questions regarding the warming centers, the public should visit www.cityofcape.org or call Parks and Recreation at 573-339-6340.
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