LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A variety of shelters have opened in Central Arkansas to help people who are without power following Tuesday's snow storm.
- The City of Little Rock is opening a shelter at5 p.m.Thursday at the DUNBAR COMMUNITY CENTER, 16th & Chester inLittle Rock.
- The McGEE CENTER shelter in Conway is closed.
- The First United Methodist Church & First Baptist Church in Augusta have opened a shelter at the OLD CROWLEY RIDGE BUILDING, 3rd & Main Street.
- Southwest Community Center in Little Rock open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The American Red Cross is supporting the following shelter locations with cots, blankets, food and beverages after freezing rains & snow have left tens of thousands without power.
- BISHOP PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 6401 Boone Road, Bryant
- NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST, 917 N East Street, Benton
- NORTH LITTLE ROCK COMMUNITY CENTER, 2700 Willow Street, North Little Rock
- JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, #5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
- OLD CROWLEY RIDGE BUILDING, 3rd & Main Street, Augusta
- HOT SPRINGS CONVENTION CENTER, 134 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs
For your comfort, please bring the following items with you to the shelter:
• Any prescription or emergency medications you need, as well as medical supplies (diabetic, asthma, etc.)
• Any special foods for special dietary needs
• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)
• Special snacks you enjoy
• Supply of diapers, baby formula
• Quiet play things for children. Don't forget something for you too such as magazines or books.
• Headphones/ear buds for games, phones, etc.
• Remember extra batteries, phone cords.
• Pillows and if the kids have special blankets or comfort items
• Identification and contact list you may need
Roads are icy and many are blocked with trees and debris. Be on the watch for emergency crews working to clear roads and restore power. Please travel safely.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages anyone who has lost power during winter weather to dress in layers and wear a hat in keep in body heat. Blankets and physical activity can also help keep you warm.
Elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating; babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; children left unattended; adults under the influence of alcohol; mentally ill individuals; and people who remain outdoors for long periods-the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.-are the people most at risk for hypothermia, according to CDC.
If someone is displaying the warning signs of hypothermia, seek immediate medical attention. The CDC also said to begin warming the person affected by getting them into a warm room or shelter, removing any wet clothing, and giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages to conscious people. Keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket including the head and neck.