Columbia Co. announces warming centers
Authorities in Columbia County are encouraging residents to prepare for the extreme cold weather that is expected to hit this week.
These extremely cold temperatures and extreme wind chills well below zero can be extremely dangerous to humans and animals.
Kathy Johnson from Columbia County Emergency Management is recommending seven things to do during these extreme cold temperatures.
Check on the elderly (they slip and fall going out to get mail)
Travel is discouraged, but if you have to travel, make sure to have an emergency kit, extra blankets and plenty of warm clothing
Check on pets (make sure they have proper shelter)
Do not let children play outside, frostbite can begin on exposed skin within 5-10 minutes in these extreme temperatures
Make sure intoxicated persons get home safe and don’t wander
Keep fuel tanks full
Do not run heaters off of extension cords (this is the cause of many fires as the cords are not heavy enough to handle the electric load)
Johnson said if you see someone out in the cold that is unusually under-dressed, appears confused, shivering, or is having difficulties speaking, check on them, call for help and do something.
Here’s a list of warming centers in Columbia County:
Cambria Community Room
115 West Edgewater Street, Cambria, WI 53911
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jane Morgan Memorial Library
109 West Edgewater Street, Cambria, WI 53911
Hours of Operation: Tues and Thurs - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Columbus Area Senior Center
125 N. Dickason Blvd., Columbus, WI 53923
Monday & Wednesday 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Columbus Public Library
223 W. James St., Columbus, WI 53923
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For those at risk outside of those times, please contact Columbus Emergency Management at 815-222-6718. Please stay safe!
Fall River Village Hall
641 South Main Street, Fall River, WI 53932
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
In the City of Portage, the following warming centers will be open Tuesday(1/29) – Friday(2/1/19):
Portage Municipal Building Basement Meeting Room
115 W. Pleasant Street
Portage, WI 53901
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Portage Public Library
253 W Edgewater Street
Portage, WI 53901
9:00 am – 8:30 pm (Tuesday – Thursday)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Friday)
Village of Randolph
248 W. Stroud Street, Randolph, WI 53956
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Warming Centers See information below for municipal locations and hours of operation. If you are in need of shelter accommodations outside of these designated times, please notify your local municipality or the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166 Extension 1 and request Emergency Management.
If you are in need of accommodations outside of what has been listed, please call your local municipality or the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (608) 742-4166 Extension 1 and request Emergency Management.