A winter storm is predicted to bring extreme cold temperatures to Ohio over the next few days. Prepare yourself with supplies for warmth and safety in case of power outages and icy roads, and check now that older neighbors and family members are prepared as well. This includes bottled water for continued hydration, food that doesn’t require cooking, warm blankets and clothing, enough quantities of medications on-hand, pet food supplies, flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-operated radio, etc. Check regularly to ensure their personal safety and help to keep their walkways cleared if possible. The Ohio Department of Aging provides tips on checking on neighbors, and on emergency preparedness for older adults and caregivers.
Warming Center information:
- Clark County, Springfield: The Salvation Army at 15 Plum Street in Springfield will be open as a warming shelter from 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday morning. The City of Springfield will continue to monitor the need for warming shelters and services.
- Greene County, Yellow Springs: During severe weather events and power outages, the John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs, serves as a community shelter & safety station.
- Montgomery County, Dayton: A shelter for women and families will be open at 120 West Apple Street, and a shelter for men at 1921 S. Gettysburg Avenue. These shelters will be open 24 hours per day throughout the weekend.
- If the City of Dayton declares a weather emergency, then the Dayton Parks and Rec will open one Rec Center as a warming center and notify the public through a press release. Check local radio and television stations for updates.
- Logan County: Each village and city has been asked to designate a warming center and to notify its local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department if one is needed and opened so they can direct people.
- Shelby County, Sidney: Mercy Mission House, 950 Childrens Home Road, Sidney.
Additional information about regional warming centers will be posted here as details become available.