Staying Safe During Arctic Blast

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 1/07 5:13 am
With a frigid arctic blast hitting Central Kentucky officials are sending warnings and working quickly to make sure everyone stays safe.

Emergency Shelters

When temperatures are below freezing in Lexington, the Hope Center, Salvation Army and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center are open 24 hours a day. In addition the Catholic Action Center will be open 24 hours because of the extreme temperatures. People seeking relief from the elements may come at any time and are not required to leave.
  • Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.
  • Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.
  • Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 W. Third St.
  • Catholic Action Center, 400 E. Fifth St. will be open 24 hours starting today and through the extreme weather conditions.

Daytime Warming Centers

  • Arbor Youth Services (drop-in center for youth 18-25), 540 W. Third St. - Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St. - Special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • New Life Day Center, 224 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. - Special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd. - Special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lextran says they will offer free bus rides for individuals going to an emergency shelter or warming center on Monday and Tuesday. You can call Lextran at (859) 253-4636 to get the location of the nearest bus stop. People in need of shelter or other human service assistance may call 2-1-1. For emergencies, as always, call 9-1-1.

If you live outside of Lexington, officials say to call your local police department or sheriff's office non-emergency number to find the location of a nearby shelter or warming center.

Streets and Roads

Streets and Roads crews got to work early Sunday night, said Albert Miller, Director of Streets and Roads. “The snow event that we had on Thursday into Friday has left a residue of salt on the pavement and will aid our efforts with this upcoming event.” However, Miller warned, as temperatures drop below 12 degrees the chemicals used to treat the streets become less effective.


Firefighters say keep space heaters at least three feet away from combustible materials and plugged directly into the wall. Turn all space heaters off when you leave home. Never use an oven or a grill to heat your home.

Pets and Animals

Veterinarians say that not only humans susceptible to frostbite, pets can also become victims. They recommend to bring your pets inside and shelter larger animals.

Local laws require adequate shelter of animals and pets during cold weather. Lexington Animal Control says anyone putting an animal in harm’s way by leaving them in the cold is subject to fines up to $500 or jail time up to 12 months.

Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control says they will respond to all calls involving animals. Officers can impound animals if care and treatment standards, including appropriate shelter, are not met. Officials say to call (859) 255-9033 to report concerns about pets left outside in below-zero weather.

In the event a community emergency is declared, the agency will care for the pets of citizens who have had to leave their homes to seek shelter from the cold. If no emergency is declared, displaced citizens should take pets with them or board their animals.

Waste Collection

Acting Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works Charles Martin said there will be no collection of solid waste collection and recyclables on Monday. “Monday pick-up will be moved to Wednesday this week. It’s safer for everyone,” Martin said. 

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