Communities open warming centers

C&G Newspapers | Published March 9, 2017

Due to the severity of the power outages in metro Detroit, many communities are opening shelters where residents without power can go to warm up.


Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced that the city would operate an emergency shelter, set to open at 6 p.m. March 9 inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, south of 14 Mile Road and west of Mound.

“Approximately 125 sleeping cots, food and beverages will be available, provided by the Warren Salvation Army,” Fouts said in a statement. “The city will provide free transportation. The phone number is (586) 268-0551.”


The city of Rochester, the city of Rochester Hills and Oakland Township announced they are partnering with Rochester Community Schools to provide a temporary warming center to residents from all three communities. Officials said Hart Middle School will be open 24 hours a day as a warming station beginning at 8 p.m. March 9. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing throughout the weekend, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service. The school is located at 6500 Sheldon Road in Rochester Hills.


The Sterling Heights Senior Center will be open as a warming center at 8 p.m. March 9. The center is located at 40200 Utica Road. The city said sleeping facilities will not be available, and pets can’t be accommodated. For more information, call the city’s Community Relations Department at (586) 446-2471.


The Costick Center will be open as a warming center March 9-12. People don’t need to reside in Farmington Hills to use the facility. The Costick Center is located at 28600 11 Mile Road, between Middlebelt and Inkster roads. The warming center until 11 p.m. March 9, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. March 10,  7 a.m.-11 p.m. March 11, and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. March 12. For more information, call (248) 473-1800 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, 18185 Sycamore St., was without power as of 12:35 p.m. March 9. When it has power again, it will serve as a warming center for residents in Roseville and Eastpointe. As of 12:35 p.m., the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., is serving as a warming center.


Shelby Township Emergency Management is asking residents who have family or friends that are senior citizens or with special needs to contact them and ensure they are cared for. If residents are without power or a safe place to get warm, the Shelby Township Senior Center, 51690 Van Dyke Ave., will be open as a warming center during normal business hours, 9 a.m.-5 pm., through Friday. If residents require assistance during non-business hours, they are advised to contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121. 


For residents in the Grosse Pointes still dealing with power outages, the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, 15175 E. Jefferson Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park, is serving as a warming center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The branch is closed on Sunday, but the GPPL’s Central Branch will be open that day from 1 to 5 p.m. Central is located at 10 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Services for Older Citizens, located at 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will serve as an emergency warming and re-charging center for disabled adults and adults 60 years of age and older.

The building will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until power is restored to the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. While a power outage is inconvenient for everyone, seniors are particularly vulnerable without heat and power to charge medical devices.

SOC will have plenty of stations set up for charging electronic devices, with priority given to medical devices. They will also have coffee, tea, snacks, movies, books and games. They cannot accommodate pets.

Please note the facility will close at 9 p.m. every night and is not able to accommodate any overnight guests.

Call (313) 882-9600 with any questions.


The Salter Community Center, 1545 E. Lincoln Ave., opened as a warming center March 9 for those without power, as temperatures were expected to dip down to lows in the teens throughout the weekend.

As of the late afternoon March 9, bottled water and blankets were being provided to residents by DTE, and the center was scheduled to be open 24 hours through March 12 or longer, if needed.