Red Cross counteracts polar weather with warming center

The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley will operate a warming center from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Liberty Center plaza, 2530 Belmont Ave., Suite 7. Days of operation may be extended if polar temperatures persist.

Aired January 28, 2014 on WYSU

As temperatures continue to plummet, the American Red Cross is helping residents battle the cold. John Veautheir has the story.

The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley will operate a warming center from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Liberty Center plaza, 2530 Belmont Ave., Suite 7. Days of operation may be extended if polar temperatures persist.

The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley will operate a warming center from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Liberty Center plaza, 2530 Belmont Ave., Suite 7. Days of operation may be extended if polar temperatures persist.

The weather forecast for the next few days calls for below-zero temperatures.

The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley hopes local residents will take advantage of a temporary warming center.

Here’s director Karen Conklin.

CONKLIN: A warming center is a place where people, who lose their power for a few hours, they at least know they have someplace warm where they can go to sit and stay warm and get a cup of coffee until the power comes back on.

The Red Cross warming center is located at 3530 Belmont Ave. in Suite 7 of the Liberty Center.

It will be open through Wednesday, Jan. 29, and may reopen if the polar temperatures stage a comeback.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m John Veautheir.

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