MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The City of Memphis established warming centers because temperatures sat below 20 degrees for an extended period of time this week.
Warming centers are places where Memphis citizens can escape the frigid temperatures. Primary locations open during business hours are malls, shopping centers, libraries, and community centers.
Due to frigid temperatures during the evening hours, the Orange Mound Community Center, located at 2572 Park Avenue, opened from 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Seven people took advantage of the warming center Monday night. With temperatures expected to be in the 20s for the next few nights, the city anticipates keeping it open throughout the week.
People who need overnight help are urged to get help from The Union Mission at 383 Poplar Avenue or The Salvation Army located at 696 Jackson Avenue.
MATA will provide transportation to all locations. Call the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) at (901) 636-2525 if you need help with transportation.