Warming centers opening as frigid weather hits the state

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As the frigid weather grips the state, warming centers are opening to keep people out of the cold.

Many of these centers provide warm beverages and snacks for people.

BLOOMFIELD

The Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Resources Center

330 Park Avenue   860- 769-3566

Hours: 9:00 am to 9:30 pm Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Please use the Community/Youth Center entrance on the west side of the building

Prosser Library

1 Tunxis Avenue   860-243 -9721

Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm  Wednesday & Thursday

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday

McMahon Wintonbury Library

1015 Blue Hills Avenue  860-242-0041

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday

The Town will provide water, but residents are asked to bring their own food. Please remember to also bring medications, emergency contact phone numbers, and any other items you may need during the day.  Service dogs are always welcome.

Hartford

*   North End Senior Center: 80 Coventry St., 9:30a.m. To 3 p.m., (860)757-0801

*   South End Wellness Center: 830 Maple Ave., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (860)757-0840

*   Parkville Senior Center: 11 New Park Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (860)232-7867

*   Hispanic Senior Center: 45 Wadsworth St., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., (860)493-6566

*   Hispanic Health Council: 175 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (860)527-0856

The following permanent shelters will be open 24 hours a day during the inclement weather:

*   McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave., (860) 722-6922

*   Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St., (860) 724-4823

*   South Park Inn: 75 Main St., (860) 724-0071

*   Open Hearth: 437 Sheldon St., (860)525-3447

MIDDLETOWN

South Congregational Church, 9 Pleasant Street. (Open in January/March)

Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street. (Open in February)

Seven days a week, from 9:00 PM until 7:00 AM.

Although not a shelter, the warming center provides hot beverages, snacks, and a temporary respite from the cold for those in need. Personal belongings are allowed but storing items is not permitted.

WEST HAVEN

City Hall, 355 Main St. Jan. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the basement conference room

Many towns and cities do use shelters as warming centers. For updates you can check out 2-1-1 Connecticut.

With bitterly cold temperatures sticking around for most of the week the Department of Public Health has some cold weather tips.

  1. Check on Elderly Neighbors & Family Members

People over the age of 65 lose body heat more quickly

  1. Dress Appropriately

Wear layers and cover your skin to keep you insulated and warm.

  1. Outside workers, be cautious

If you have to work outside, do so during the warmest part of the day and take frequent breaks from the cold.

  1. Pet Care

Keep your cat inside. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that cats can freeze outside. Be sure to provide blankets and a warm place for cats and dogs.

  1. Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Frostbite: White or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that is unusually firm or waxy and numbness.

Hypothermia: Shivering, confusion, slurred speech and drowsiness. Hypothermia is much worse and happens when the body loses heat much faster than it can be produced. Both require immediate medical attention.