Warming Centers and Shelters Activated: Rhode Island Gears Up for Sub-Zero Wind Chills

As Rhode Island braces for bitterly cold temperatures in the upcoming days, Governor Dan McKee and his administration are urging residents to take advantage of available resources and safety tips to navigate the frigid conditions.

The forecast predicts sub-zero wind chills on Friday and Saturday night, accompanied by light snowfall on Friday afternoon, potentially affecting the evening commute before tapering off on Saturday morning.

Throughout the week, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and the Department of Housing have been actively preparing for this cold snap. RIEMA has collaborated with cities and towns across the state to ensure that warming centers are ready to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand. A comprehensive list of warming centers in Rhode Island can be found here.

The Department of Housing has announced the locations of emergency pop-up shelters in addition to the state’s existing shelter network. The designated locations, along with their operational details, are as follows:

  • Newport
    • MLK Community Center
      • 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport, RI 02840
      • Hours: 1/19 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Peace Dale (South Kingstown)
    • Welcome House
      • 8 North Rd, Peace Dale, RI 02879
      • Hours: Individuals seeking shelter can call (401)-782-4770 for assistance or come to the shelter at any time
  • Providence
    • Crossroads RI Community Room
      • 160 Broad St, Providence, RI 02903
      • Hours: 1/18 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. 1/22
  • Westerly
    • WARM Center
      • 56 Spruce St, Westerly, RI 02891
      • Hours: Individuals seeking shelter can call (401) 596-9276 for assistance or come to the shelter at any time.
  • West Warwick
    • West Warwick Civic Center
      • 100 Factory St, West Warwick, RI 02893
      • Hours: 1/19 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. 1/22
  • Woonsocket
    • CCA Storefront
      • 66 Social St, Woonsocket, RI 02895
      • Friday 1/19 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. 1/22

The Rhode Island Department of Health emphasizes the potential risks associated with extreme cold, including hypothermia, frostbite, and events such as household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Safety recommendations include dressing in layers, covering exposed skin when outdoors, and limiting time in the elements. Rhode Islanders are urged to stay vigilant and prioritize safety during this challenging weather period.




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