Warming shelters open in Lexington during frigid temperatures

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With temperatures expected to drop below zero, Lexington city leaders are making sure everyone has to place to go to stay warm.

Extra shelters will be opening up in Lexington.

With dangerously cold temperatures moving in, many centers will serve as daytime warming centers beginning on Monday so that folks can get out of those frigid temperatures and warm up.

“We are hoping for not such a bad winter,” said Commissioner of Social Services Beth Mills.

But hope as we may, a quick step outside is all it takes to realize that the winter weather is already here.

“This spell is here and there are going to be one or two or three of them that come this winter so you've just got to prepare yourself,” said Kentucky Utilities Spokesperson Cliff Feltham.

But sometimes it's the things you can't prepare for that become the problem.

“Power can go out, cars can break down and anything can happen. If you don’t have money to get a hotel room then don’t let that be an issue and come in where it’s warm,” Beth Mills said.

With the winter weather only expected to get worse next week, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is encouraging folks to take advantage of warming centers and emergency shelters around town.

“You can get frostbite if you’re outside or you can get really sick so we want to make sure that everyone is safe and has a place to stay,” Mills explained.

Below you can find a list of emergency shelters and warming centers that will be open to the public.

24-hour emergency shelters (7 days a week):

As a standing policy, when temperatures are below freezing, the Hope Center, Salvation Army and MASH Drop Inn Center are open 24 hours a day. People seeking relief from the elements may come at any time and are not required to leave.

• Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.
• Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.
• MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 West Third St.

Daytime Warming Centers:

• Catholic Action Center, 400 E. 5th St., daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
• New Life Day Center, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Lextran will offer free bus rides for individuals going to an emergency shelter or warming center on Monday and Tuesday.

Citizens can call Lextran at (859) 253-4636 to get the location of the nearest bus stop.

People in need of shelter or other human service assistance may call 2-1-1.

All citizens are encouraged to check on their neighbors and loved ones, especially the elderly and people with special needs.

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