Cold weather resources and help
The City encourages residents to use these resources to help combat cold weather.
Residents, including those homeless, needing refuge from the frigid weather are welcome to warm up in public buildings, such as the City’s ten community centers, during regular business hours. Please call the center first as it may be closed due for snow emergencies. For a complete list of warming centers in Kansas City, please call the United Way at 211 or visit the State of Missouri’s comprehensive map. United Way of Greater Kansas City has access to thousands of resources including overnight shelters. Dial 211 to access this resource. RideKC provides a warming bus on cold weather days. Check the RideKC Twitter feed for times and locations.
- instructions on keeping safe in extreme cold (tips on dressing warmly, preparing your car, and much more),
- keeping food safe in a power outage,
- winter injury prevention tips including walking, driving and physical stress, and
- winter power outage help
You can also review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s severe cold weather tips.
Protect your home and prevent expensive home repairs. Review household tips such as cleaning your chimney, smoke detector, and more. Water Services lists household steps such as disconnecting hoses, insulating pipes and more.
Follow these tips to protect your animals during extreme weather.
The KCPD advises you:
- Do not leave your vehicle running unattended. That is an invitation for thieves to steal it, and City Ordinance prohibits it.
- Call 911 if you are worried about the welfare of someone in this cold weather and have been unable to reach them.
Note that both residential and business sidewalks should be cleared of snow and ice in a reasonable time after winter storms have passed. This City ordinance is for the safety of residents.
If you are unable to shovel snow, please dial 211 to reach the United Way’s free resource line for help with snow removal. Additionally, many local faith-based organizations have snow shoveling volunteers.