CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The City of Chicago is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to stay warm and safe due to the Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service in effect through noon Tuesday.
Residents seeking city offered services, access to warming centers and/or experiencing insufficient heat are encouraged to visit a warming center below and/or contact 311 or visit 311.chicago.gov for immediate assistance.
CITYWIDE WARMING CENTERS
Warming centers are safe spaces for refuge and relief from extreme cold weather. Cloth face coverings are required while in a warming center due to COVID-19 safety precautions. To locate a center nearby, residents can call City Services at 311 or visit 311.chicago.gov.
Overnight Warming Centers available overnight through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16:
• The Garfield Community Service Center at 10 South Kedzie
• The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Center at 4314 South Cottage Grove
Weekday Warming Centers: All six of the city's warming centers will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To locate a nearby center, residents should call 311 or visit the Department of Family and Support Services’ webpage at Chicago.gov/FSS.
Chicago Cultural Center: The Cultural Center’s Randolph Square is open as a warming center throughout the week from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington. Guests must enter from the Randolph side of the building at 77 E. Randolph.
Chicago Public Library: Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, all 74 locations will serve as warming centers during regular operating hours. Locations and hours of operations located at chipublib.org/locations
Chicago Park District: Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16 all available Chicago Park District buildings will be open as warming centers during regular operating hours, with limited locations on the weekend. For participating parks and hours of operation, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Chicago Police Department Districts: Residents in need can also visit their local Chicago Police District. They are open 24/7 as warming centers.
WELLBEING CHECKS AND SHELTER PLACEMENT
The City of Chicago encourages residents to provide any needed assistance to neighbors, family members, the elderly and those most vulnerable. If you need to request a well-being check you can call 311, go to 311.chicago.gov, or use the 311 mobile app.
Residents in need of shelter placement 24/7 can call City Services at 311, visit 311.chicago.gov or visit the Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue.
RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is coordinating with community-based outreach teams to engage unsheltered residents in shelter placement and transportation to warming areas. The outreach teams also provide residents with coats, blankets, gloves, hats, socks and more.
DFSS is asking the public to refrain from bringing propane tanks to encampments. The Chicago Fire Department advises against dropping propane tanks to encampments due to unsafe hookups and high risk of explosion.
EXTREME WEATHER ALERTS
OEMC issues several alerts and notifications to keep residents up to date on weather conditions and emergencies:
Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org
CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3
CHIBIZ: Business updates, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3