Brutal temps prompt warnings as warming centers open

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Temperatures across central Indiana are dangerously low with wind chills below zero Thursday morning.

Local safety officials warn that frostbite and hypothermia can occur within minutes.

To reduce that risk, they say to wear layers and a hat. Fingers and toes are especially vulnerable, so wear mittens instead of gloves, extra socks and winter boots. Also, stay hydrated.

Due to the cold, some warning centers are open. In Madison County the following warming centers are available to local residents:

  • Salvation Army 9 AM - 5 PM- 1615 Meridian St., Anderson (765) 644-2538
  • Millcreek Civic Center 9AM – 5 PM – 403 W Main St., Chesterfield (765) 378-1023
  • The Christian Center 8AM – 8 PM - 625 Main St, Anderson (765) 649-4264 Daytime
  • Geater Community Center 9 AM – 4 PM 611 Chase St, Anderson (765) 648-6858
  • Community Hospital Anderson 8 PM - 8 AM 1515 N Madison Ave, Anderson Overnight Citizens wishing to seek shelter at Community should enter the Emergency Department entrance and check-in with Security
  • St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital 2015 Jackson St, Anderson Overnight St. Vincent Anderson Regional is prepared to assist individuals who need a warm place this winter. During dangerously cold temperatures, if someone needs a place to get warm, they should go to our Emergency Room entrance and ask for Security. Security will then make appropriate arrangements for them. (765) 649-2511
  • St. Vincent Mercy Hospital 1331 S A St, Elwood- Daytime and Overnight St. Vincent Mercy Elwood is available for area residents seeking a warming center. They need to enter at the emergency walk-in entrance and present to front desk, advise staff and have them advise security. Call (765)552-4600 if you wish to notify them prior to arrival.

In addition, IPL reminds residents to make sure homes are warm enough, and warm them safely. Do a walk-through to make sure all windows and screens are closed tightly; never use appliances to heat homes, and watch space heaters and candles closely.

Pets can also suffer from frostbite and hypothermia. Pet owners should check the tips of a pet’s ears, nose, tail and paws because most house pets can are not acclimated to the current low temperatures. Experts say pets should not be outside for more than 15 minutes.

For any weather emergency, residents should call 911.

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