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Dangerous cold prompts opening of warming centers throughout region 

Published: Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 6:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:06 PM

Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs explains what the term Polar Vortex means.

UPDATE @ 8:06 p.m. (Jan. 30): Dangerous wind chills throughout the region are expected in the coming days, and with wind chills as low as minus 40, areas will be opening warming centers.

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A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite also can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions aren’t taken.

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In Butler County, the following locations will be available:

  • Butler County Sheriff’s Department lobby, 705 Hanover St., Hamilton, available at night
  • MidPointe Library System, 125 S. Broad St., Middletown, open normal business hours
  • MidPointe Library System, 1 Tennessee Ave., Monroe, open normal business hours
  • MidPointe Library System, 200 Edgewood Drive, Trenton, open normal business hours
  • MidPointe Library System, 9362 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, open normal business hours
  • MidPointe Library System, 7100 Foundry Row, Suite S-234, Liberty Twp., open normal business hours

In Champaign County, the following locations will be available:

  • In Urbana, Caring Kitchen, 300 Miami St. Open seven days a week, 24 hours. Call 937-653-8443
  • In Urbana, city owned buildings will be available.

In Clark County, the following locations will be available:

  • In New Carlisle, First United Methodist Church, 220 S. Main St. Open at 6 p.m. Thursday through noon Friday. Call 937-845-8435.
  • In North Hampton, Asbury Church, 110 E. Clark St. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
  • In Springfield, the Champion City Vineyard Church, 137 E. Main St. The 24-hour drop-in center will remain open through Friday morning.
  • In Springfield, National Trail Parks and Recreation District offices, 1301 Mitchell Blvd. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Springfield Soup Kitchen, 830 W. Main St. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • In Springfield, Hartley House men’s shelter, 440 W. High St. Open 24 hours seven days a week, 24 hours. Call the Interfaith Hospitality Network at 937-325-8154
  • In Springfield, Norm’s Place women and families shelter, 501 W. High St. Open 24 hours seven days a week. Call the Interfaith Hospitality Network at 937-325-8154

In Montgomery County, the following locations will be open:

  • Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton, open during regular business hours
  • Lohrey Recreation Center, 2366 Glenarm Ave. in Dayton, open during regular business hours
  • Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Drive in Dayton, open during regular business hours
  • Kettering Recreation Complex, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering, open to the public during normal business hours
  • In Kettering, Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, open to the public during normal business hours
  • In Moraine, Gerhardt Civic Center, 3050 Kreitzer Road, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 through Feb 1, call 937-535-1095 
  • Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St. in Moraine, open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Feb. 1, call 937-535-1060
  • Fire Station 76, 775 E. Upper Lewisburg Rd. in Brookville, open 24 hours through Thursday.
  • Washington Twp. Rec Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, open 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Washington Twp. Rec West, 965 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, open 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • In Dayton, St. Vincent de Paul Gettysburg Gateway Shelter for Men, 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave. 
  • In Dayton, St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women & Families, 210 W. Apple St. 

In Wayne County, Indiana, the following locations will be available on-call. People intending to use these centers should call the designated contact before arrival.

  • Richmond: Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 765-962-8543
  • Richmond: Genesis of the YWCA, 15 S. 11th St. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 765-966-0538
  • Richmond: Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1108 N. 8th St. Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 765-966-5152
  • Richmond: Morrison Reeves Library, 80 N. 6th St. Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 765-966-8291
  • Rock Solid Ministries, 1024 E. Main St. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call David Eales or Helen Manning, 765-962-5099
  • Richmond Community Senior Center, 1600 S. Second St., Open Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 765-983-7300, this site will be set up to serve youth with parental supervision.
  • Richmond Fire Department – Station #1, 101 S. Fifth St. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if needed 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Call 765-983-7266. This site will be for warming purposes and is not set up for overnight stays.
  • Richmond Fire Department – Station #5, 1971 W. Main St. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if needed 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Call 765-983-7364. This site will be for warming purposes and isn’t set up for overnight stays.
  • Abington Fire Department, 4618 Pottershop Road. Call 765-855-3950 or Josh Minnix at 765-969-3285.
  • Cambridge City Fire Department, 127 W. Maple St. Call the station, 765-478-9676, or Jeff Gabbard at 765-541-0964 or 765-478-5656
  • Centerville Fire/Rescue, 414 S. Morton Ave. Call the station, 765-855-3889, or Dennis Spears at 765-967-0028.
  • Dublin Fire Department, 2248 E. Cumberland St. Call the station, 765-478-1266, Jerry Myers at 765-969-7382 or Nathan Ulerick at 765-914-5403
  • Economy Fire Department, 138 Poplar St. Call the station, 765-886-5594, or Gregg Moore at 765-914914-8251 or Brett Leland at 765-541-1766
  • Fountain City Fire Department, 312 W. Main St. Call the station at 765-847-5305 or Jeff Himelick at 765-914-2151 or 765-847-2829
  • Greens Fork Fire Department, 114 E. Pearl St. Call the station at 765-886-5542 or Rick Stewart at 765-967-0787
  • Hagerstown Fire Department, 151 N. Plum St. Call the station at 765-489-5404 or Rick Cole at 765-238-0315
  • First Hagerstown United Methodist Church, 199 S. Perry St.. Open through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call John Huff at 765-489-4558
  • Milton Fire Department, 200 E. Walnut St. Call the station, 765-478-4727, or Dick Pollitt, 765-413-4135
  • Pershing: Resurrected Church, 503 Main St. Through Friday. Call 765-993-6238
  • Webster Fire Department, 5122 Main St. Call the station, 765-935-1585, Kevin Fouche at 765-969-3978 or Troy McCauley, 765-993-2921
  • Williamsburg Fire Department, 8323 N. Centerville Road. Call the station, 765-886-6122, Josh Smith at 765-277-2594 or Bryan Spears at 765-967-7288.

We will continue to update this story as other warming centers open.

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