By Jeff Fox
With bitter cold weather on the way, the city of Independence is opening a warming center, and other sites around the city will serve the same purpose.
The National Weather Service says Monday and Tuesday could bring the lowest temperatures the area has had in several years – probably the coldest 48 hours since at least 1996.
The city will open the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, at Noland and Truman roads (201 N. Dodgion St.), as a warming center for those who might not have adequate home heating capability or who just need a place to get out of the cold for a while. Hours Monday will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• The Salvation Army will have emergency overnight sheltering operations and open an overnight warming center at its Crossroads location, 14700 E. Truman Road. The emergency overnight shelter will be open from 8 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday morning. Those using the service have to submit to drug and breath analysis tests, provide a Social Security number and provide valid identification, and they are urged to follow the Salvation Army’s normal conduct policies for entry into the shelter or warming center areas.
• Mid-Continent Public Library branches in Independence will provide warming center services, and they are open during their normal hours. The North Independence branch, at 317 West U.S. 24, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The South Independence branch, 13700 E. 35th St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday, and open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday, and open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.