Over 15 Macomb County communities have facilities that are designated as daytime warming centers, including the Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch. Wind chill temperatures last week dipped to 40 below zero.

Over 15 Macomb County communities have facilities that are designated as daytime warming centers, including the Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch. Wind chill temperatures last week dipped to 40 below zero.

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Macomb County, libraries offers assistance during deep freeze

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published February 5, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The need for warming centers increased as temperatures decreased the week of Jan. 28.

The Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services stepped up, offering daytime and overnight warming centers.

The coldest time, in terms of real feel, was around 8 a.m. Jan. 31 with a temperature of 14 degrees below zero. A wind chill warning was in effect from 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to 11 a.m. Jan. 31. According to the warning, frostbite can occur within 10 minutes of skin exposure.

In Macomb Township, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch, at 16800 24 Mile Road, offered relief from the cold.

In Clinton Township, the CMPL Main Branch is located at 40900 Romeo Plank Road, and the South Branch is at 35679 S. Gratiot Ave.

“The county knows we are a public building and we’re open and have heat,” CMPL Head of Community Relations, Marketing and Development Jamie Morris said. “We do have some people that utilize it, especially if their heat goes out at home. I think it’s a great alternative for people to come to a place where they know it’s going to be warm.”

While all three CMPL branches are listed as warming centers, Morris asks for folks to call ahead or check online to make sure the libraries are open.

The public may call the North Branch at (586) 226-5082, the Main Branch at (586) 226-5020 and the South Branch at (586) 226-5072.

The website is cmpl.org.

“We have a fireplace at the main library, so if people want to come and get a little cozy in this weather, we’re always happy to provide that warmth to the community,” Morris said.

The Department of Health and Community Services website states that warming centers are heated public facilities where people may go for relief during temporary periods of extreme cold, providing water and restrooms.

The three overnight warming centers in Macomb County are the Salvation Army Macomb’s Answer To Temporary Shelter, or MATTS, located at 24140 Mound Road in Warren; the Macomb County warming center, which is a rotating, adult-only overnight shelter; and the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team, or MCREST.

For the week of Feb. 4, First United Methodist Church, at 59 S. Gratiot Ave. in Mount Clemens, is the designated Macomb County warming center.

All three warming centers ask that people call for overnight shelter availability and location. The Salvation Army MATTS can be reached at (586) 755-5191, the Macomb County warming center at (586) 321-0998 and MCREST at (586) 415-5101.

For additional listings of warming centers, call 211 to speak with a representative from United Way for Southeast Michigan.

For a complete list of warming centers, visit the Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services website at hcs.macombgov.org/HCS-WarmingCenters.