Mayor Mike Spano this week announced the City of Yonkers will designate several locations around the city as warming centers over the next few days as the region battles frigid temperatures. The northeast will see an arctic blast bringing temperatures into the 20s, with wind chills 15-20 degrees below zero.
"As we enter the winter season, we will make warming centers available to all residents in need of a warm place to rest," said Mayor Spano. "I especially encourage our city's older adults, residents with medical conditions and those working outside to please stay safe and utilize a warming center located nearest to you if needed."
The Mayor has released the following list of locations that will be open as warming centers during specified hours for all residents. All Parks locations will open until the end of Friday, December 29th and all library locations will be open until the end of Saturday, December 30th.
Peter Chema Center
435 Riverdale Avenue
Coyne Park Community Center
777 Mclean Avenue
Nodine Hill Community Center
140 Fillmore Street
Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center
Grinton I. Will Library
1500 Central Park Avenue
16 Thompson Street
To ensure safety, the Mayor is also raising awareness of precautions residents should take during periods of extreme cold:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heaters.
- Extension cords should not be used in conjunction with a space heater. Careful not to overload outlets with space heaters.
- Do not use an oven or hot plate for heating.
- Ensure both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are present and working. At least one carbon monoxide detector should be installed near the bedrooms in your home.
- Individuals who suffer from asthma and senior citizens should not shovel snow. Everyone should also avoid shoveling in the dark.
For more information on City's warming centers or for any additional assistance, please call the Mayor's Help Line at 377-HELP. If a resident sees someone who appears in need of assistance due to the extreme weather, they are urged to contact Yonkers Police at 914-377-7900.