Safety Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

People in need of emergency shelters should call 211 and they will be connected with facilities with available beds. 

Extreme Cold Safety Tips:

General Information

  • Minimize travel
  • Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel
  • Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater/defroster, etc.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts
  • Check on the elderly
  • Bring pets inside

How Should I Dress?
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, and a hat
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold
    Try to stay dry and out of the wind

Milwaukee Area Warming Centers:
List current as of January 18, 2019. Call 211 for information about places to stay warm, including emergency shelter options that are available year-round.

Adullam Family Warming Center, 3033 N. 30th St. in Milwaukee

  • Must call 211 for entry
  • Serves families with children
  • Open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (guests must arrive by 8 p.m.) when the temperature is 15 degrees or lower

Benedict Center, 209 W. Orchard St., Milwaukee

  • Accessible through Benedict Center and New Paths referrals
  • Serves single women in the sex trade
  • Warming Center open 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • No temperature threshold

Divine Intervention (Ministry to the Homeless)

  • Tippecanoe Church, 125 W. Saveland Ave., Milwaukee
  • Call 211 for entry
  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • No temperature threshold

Greater New Birth Warming Center, 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive

  • Call 211 for entry or walk in 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Serves single adults 
  • Open Sun.-Sat. 7 p.m.-7 a.m., when 15 degrees or below

Guest House of Milwaukee 1216 N. 13th St.

  • Must call 211 for entry
  • Serves single men age 18 and older
  • Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • No temperature threshold

Repairers of the Breach, 1335 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee

  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a day shelter
  • Reopens for overnight shelter at 8 p.m. when the temperature is 20 degrees or lower, but guests must arrive no later than 10 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome

Salvation Army, multiple locations

  • Call 211 for entry or walk-in
  • Serves men, women and families
  • 1645 N. 25th St., Milwaukee, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 4129 W. Villard Ave., Milwaukee, Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 2900 W. Coldspring Road, Greenfield, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 8853 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

St. Ben’s Community Meal, 924 West State Street

  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. when the temperature is 20 degrees or lower
  • Walk-in any time during open hours

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