As Chicago moves into winter, residents are being reminded to take precautions when the weather is extreme. Throughout this season, please keep in mind that the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is prepared to assist Chicagoans through cold-weather emergencies.

DFSS coordinates the operation of Warming Centers and conducts well-being checks on at-risk residents. The six Human Service Centers form the core of the warming center network. The center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave. is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the other centers as warming or as community centers operating 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; however hours and days may be extended in certain conditions, and the public is notified when this happens.

Additional community facilities serve as Warming Centers when needed; these include libraries, Park District buildings, senior centers, and other community venues. Information on the location and hours of Warming Centers is available to the public through the City’s 311 help line.

Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who can not get to a warming center on their own. DFSS coordinates with other City departments to ensure vehicles and drivers are available during periods of extreme cold. The department’s goal is to ensure that everyone in need has convenient access to a safe, warm facility.

DFSS extends the number of outreach teams on-duty during a cold weather emergency. These teams make home visits to check on the elderly and others who may suffer from extreme temperatures. Anyone needing assistance, or concerned about a neighbor, relative or friend can call 311 to request a well-being check.

While we are notifying the media, service agencies and a broad range of other entities about the Warming Centers and other extreme-weather services, we would greatly appreciate your sharing this information with your staff and passing it along to any organizations you believe may be helpful in getting the message out to the residents of your community. A scanned version of our Warming Center flier is attached to this message.

Winter Cold Weather Flyer 2010

 

As Chicago moves into winter, residents are being reminded to take precautions when the weather is extreme. Throughout this season, please keep in mind that the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is prepared to assist Chicagoans through cold-weather emergencies.

DFSS coordinates the operation of Warming Centers and conducts well-being checks on at-risk residents. The six Human Service Centers form the core of the warming center network. The center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave. is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the other centers as warming or as community centers operating 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; however hours and days may be extended in certain conditions, and the public is notified when this happens.

Additional community facilities serve as Warming Centers when needed; these include libraries, Park District buildings, senior centers, and other community venues. Information on the location and hours of Warming Centers is available to the public through the City’s 311 help line.

Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who can not get to a warming center on their own.  DFSS coordinates with other City departments to ensure vehicles and drivers are available during periods of extreme cold. Our goal is to ensure that everyone in need has convenient access to a safe, warm facility.

We extend the number of our outreach teams on-duty during a cold weather emergency. These teams make home visits to check on the elderly and others who may suffer from extreme temperatures. Anyone needing assistance, or concerned about a neighbor, relative or friend can call 311 to request a well-being check.

While we are notifying the media, service agencies and a broad range of other entities about the Warming Centers and other extreme-weather services, we would greatly appreciate your sharing this information with your staff and passing it along to any organizations you believe may be helpful in getting the message out to the residents of your community.  A scanned version of our Warming Center flier is attached to this message

As Chicago moves into winter, residents are being reminded to take precautions when the weather is extreme. Throughout this season, please keep in mind that the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is prepared to assist Chicagoans through cold-weather emergencies.

DFSS coordinates the operation of Warming Centers and conducts well-being checks on at-risk residents. The six Human Service Centers form the core of the warming center network. The center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave. is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the other centers as warming or as community centers operating 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; however hours and days may be extended in certain conditions, and the public is notified when this happens.

Additional community facilities serve as Warming Centers when needed; these include libraries, Park District buildings, senior centers, and other community venues. Information on the location and hours of Warming Centers is available to the public through the City’s 311 help line.

Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who can not get to a warming center on their own. DFSS coordinates with other City departments to ensure vehicles and drivers are available during periods of extreme cold. Their goal is to ensure that everyone in need has convenient access to a safe, warm facility.

DFSS extends the number of outreach teams on-duty during a cold weather emergency. These teams make home visits to check on the elderly and others who may suffer from extreme temperatures. Anyone needing assistance, or concerned about a neighbor, relative or friend can call 311 to request a well-being check.

While we are notifying the media, service agencies and a broad range of other entities about the Warming Centers and other extreme-weather services, we would greatly appreciate your sharing this information with your staff and passing it along to any organizations you believe may be helpful in getting the message out to the residents of your community. A scanned version of our Warming Center flier is attached to this message.

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