Warming centers open to help battle bitter cold

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In an effort to help battle the bitter cold temperatures, warming centers have opened across metro Detroit.

Canton Township

The Summit on the Park located at 46000 Summit Parkway will be open as a Warming Center.  The hours are 5:30am until 10pm Mon – Fri, 6am – 8pm Sat and 6am – 7 pm Sun.  Please sign in at the front desk and they will direct you from there.  The telephone number for the Summit is 394-5460.

The city of Detroit is offering two warming centers to residents who need protection from the winter chill as temps dip below freezing.

The warming centers are designated to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and/or do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within the city limits.

Cass Community Social Services

Cass Community Social Services is located at 3901 Cass Avenue, between Woodward Ave. and Second Street. The center capacity is approximately 50 beds, available for women and children only. The center will be open for client services through March 31, 2013.

Operation Get Down
Operation Get Down is located at 6821 Medbury Street, between I-94 service drive and E. Grand Boulevard. This facility has a capacity of approximately 200 beds and serves women, men and children.  The center will be open for client services through March 31, 2013.

Both centers are designated to open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during inclement weather, including holidays.  They are expected to accommodate between 200-250 persons at a time.

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If the forecast calls for low temperatures of 10 degrees or lower, services will be extended to include daytime hours. The centers will extend the hours of operation until noon or operate on weekdays when day time temperature remains 35 degrees or below.

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Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission. All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety of all parties. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations.

In the event that a client needs medical attention, an on-call nurse may be contacted for minor medical needs. However, if warranted, EMS is called and the client is transported to a medical facility. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.
Transportation to the Cass Community center is available.

Transportation to Operation Get Down is available from Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).

All individuals seeking warming center assistance can contact the providers directly at the numbers below. For more information, contact Cass Community Social Services at (313) 883-2277 or Operation Get Down at (313) 921-9422.

To prepare for severe winter weather, please follow these recommendations:


At home:

• Keep a flashlight, a NOAA weather radio and a portable radio on hand along with extra batteries.

• Store extra food (canned or dried food is best), can opener, and bottled water (at least 3 gallons per


• Make sure each member of household has a warm coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots.

• Ensure that extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.

• Keep on hand items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.

• Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if you plan to use an emergency heating source

    such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.

• Don't forget your pets – be sure to have suitable shelter with food and water when outdoors.



• Be careful and avoid overexertion such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing cars or walking in

     wet/deep/heavy snow.

• Walk carefully on snow and ice covered surfaces.

• Wear loose fitting, lightweight, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer.  Don't forget a hat a gloves.

• Understand the hazards of wind chill.


Vehicle Preparedness:

• Have your vehicle winterized –  have a mechanic check the antifreeze, tires, belts, hoses, battery etc.

• Keep extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.

• Try to keep you fuel tank near full - gas stations may be closed during severe weather.

• Have an emergency supply kit in your trunk.  Include -flares, water, energy bars/nonperishable foods,

    blanket, shovel, jumper cables, maps,  etc).


For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, contact Canton's Emergency Management Office, at 734-394-5357, email krich@canton-mi.org or visits their website at www.cantonpublicsafey.org.


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