Warming Centers Available Across Louisville for Relief from the Cold

January 08, 2015

Dangerously low temperatures are here and Louisville officials are encouraging residents to use warming centers around the city.


Louisville residents are able to take full advantage of city facilities and other resources to help manage the cold. Mayor Greg Fischer is also urging people to check on their neighbors, family and friends, especially the elderly and those who live alone.


Warming Centers:

The Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the Operation White Flag program to ensure that homeless people can find shelter during severe weather. Operation White Flag goes into effect when temperatures drop to 35 degrees or lower (with or without wind chill). A white flag flies outside each participating shelter to show that Operation White Flag is in effect. All persons needing shelter can stay at the participating shelters while weather conditions persist. The participating Operation White Flag shelters include: St. Vincent de Paul (1034 S. Jackson St.), Salvation Army (831 S. Brook St.), The Healing Place (1020 W. Market St. (Men) and 1503 S. 15th St. (Women) and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).

In addition, three day shelters can be used during Operation White Flag: Louisville Rescue Mission (733 E. Jefferson St.), St. John Center (700 E. Muhammad Ali (Men) and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).

The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department offers the following cold weather related tips:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold.
  • Cover up exposed areas such as your fingers, cheeks, ears, and nose.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee and soda.
  • Never run a generator inside a home or near a door or open window where carbon monoxide can get in.
  • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
  • If you feel you need emergency medical attention due to temperatures, call 911 immediately.

The Louisville Fire Department cautions using alternative heat sources.  Whether it’s a space heater, a kerosene heater, an electrical fireplace or an electrical blanket, firefighters say make sure to read and follow safety instructions.

The Louisville Metro Community Services’ LIHEAP Crisis Program provides utility assistance to low-income residents with disconnection notices from their utility service provider or those who are facing eviction if their utilities are included in the rent. This program operates from January 12 through March 31, 2015 or until funds are exhausted.  Call 502-574-1157 for information on how to apply.

For additional information call Metro United Way at 211 or Metro Call at 311.

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