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Independence to open warming center during brutally cold weather

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 12:49:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With an Arctic blast expected to arrive in the Kansas City area this weekend, the city of Independence will open the Roger T. Sermon Community Center to serve as a warming center.

The facility will be open as a warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

Anyone in need of a place to warm up or to charge electronic devices can go to the community center during those hours.

Everyone must wear a mask and participate in a health screening, the city said in a news release.

“As temperatures drop below 20 degrees and into the single digits overnight this weekend, we encourage the public to take precautions to protect themselves, their family members and their pets,” Independence Fire Chief Doug Short said in the release.

City officials also urged residents to check on family and friends during the extremely cold weather.

Those in need of additional resources should call the city’s community partner United Way 211 line by dialing 211, or call 816-474-5112.