When extreme cold is forecasted, warming centers are open to the public for those who need to seek temporary shelter in Providence. Please contact warming centers directly for any changes to service. These facilities are not managed by the City of Providence. This page will be updated with information as centers are opened.
Providence warming center location(s):
- Crossroads RI, 160 Broad Street (open 24 hours a day)
The warming center will not provide food or beverage services and only service animals with certification are allowed. Masks will be required at the warming center at all times and a temperature and COVID-19 symptom screening will be conducted at the entrance.
Cold Weather Quick Tips:
- Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles; keep such devices away from all flammable materials
- Install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (at least one of each per floor in your home)
- Stay indoors and use safe heating sources
- Indoors, do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills, that produce carbon monoxide
- Outdoors, stay dry and in wind-protected areas
- Wear a hat or hood to prevent heat from escaping the body and several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing, covering all exposed skin during exposure
- Bring household pets inside, if possible
- Wear mittens, a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs
- Watch for signs of frostbite – Skin appears white and waxy, numbness or no feeling in that area and/or possible blister
- Watch for signs of hypothermia – Shivering and numbness, confusion or dizziness, stumbling and weakness, slow or slurred speech and shock