City of Independence, Missouri

Independence activates warming center ahead of weekend cold front

The City of Independence has activated the Roger T. Sermon Community Center as a warming center beginning on Saturday, Feb. 6, through Wednesday, Feb. 10. Please see the schedule below with full date and time information. All individuals in need of a place to warm up and charge their electronic devices are welcome. Individuals entering the facility must wear a mask and participate in a health screening. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided to them. Overnight accommodations will be addressed on a case by case basis.

“As temperatures drop below 20 degrees and into the single digits overnight this weekend, we encourage the public to take precautions to protect themselves, their family members and their pets,” Independence Fire Chief Doug Short said. “Our Division of Emergency Preparedness is closely monitoring the weather and we will continue to provide updates to the public as they are made available. Please take steps to protect yourself and your family, and in an emergency please call 9-1-1.”

Warming Center Hours at this time are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 6 – 8 AM-8PM
  • Sunday, Feb. 7 – 8 AM – 4PM
  • Monday, Feb. 8 – 8 AM-8PM
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 8 AM-8PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 8 AM-8PM

During periods of extreme cold weather, the following individuals are most at risk:

  • Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, or heating.
  • Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms .
  • People who remain outdoors for long periods.
  • People who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.

Please check on family and friends regularly during extreme weather and remember in the case of an emergency always call 9-1-1.

If the outdoors cannot be avoided, make sure the nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin, and fingers are covered in warm dry clothing. These are the areas most at-risk for frostbite and should be protected at all times. Frostbite symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness. If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care.

Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is caused by prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures. Warnings signs of hypothermia are different in adults and infants. Adult symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Infant symptoms include bright red or cold skin and very low energy. If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency — get medical attention immediately.

If you are in need of additional information or resources, please call the City’s community partner United Way 211 line, at 2-1-1 or (816) 474-5112.