Where to find a warming center in the tri-state

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(WOWK) – With freezing temperatures and widespread power outages, many communities are setting up warming centers to keep people safe from the cold.

We will continue to update this list as we learn of more warming centers throughout the region. COVID-19 guidelines will be in place at the centers. If you or someone you know needs shelter today or tonight, you can go to any of the following locations:

West Virginia:

  • Huntington
    • The Salvation Army at 1227 3rd Ave, in Huntington, has opened as an emergency shelter and hot meals will be served. The city says the shelter will remain open until 5 p.m. Feb. 18. The shelter is not able to accommodate pets.
    • The Huntington YMCA is opening its locker room, showers and recreational facilities free of charge to anyone who is without power throughout the state of emergency. Adults 18 and over must show valid ID to be admitted to the May Building on 935 10th Avenue and the Phil Cline Family YMCA on 917 9th Street. For a full list of hours, click here.
    • The Mountain Health Arena Conference Center is open as a warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as needed. those needing to use the warming station can enter from the 8th street side of the building. Service animals will be allowed, but the center is not able to accommodate pets.
    • New Baptist Church at 610 28th Street in Huntington is open 24/7 as a warming station and shelter.
    • The Salt Rock Senior Center at 5490 WV-10 in Salt Rock is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a warming station.
  • Mason County –
    • The Flatrock Volunteer Fire Department has opened their department as a warming station until 9 p.m. for residents as well as for Storm crews who need to warm up from working in the cold.
    • A warming center is open at the Leon Town Hall until 9 p.m.
  • Charleston – A warming center will be open Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Salvation Army at 301 Tennessee Avenue on the west side of Charleston.
  • Wayne County – All sites listed below are open 24/7 according to Wayne County Dispatch officials:
    • The Dunlow Community Center at 1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Rd in Dunlow is open as a warming center.
    • The Wayne Fire Department at 12345 WV-152 in Wayne
    • The Lavalette fire Department at 4502 WV-152 in Lavalette.
    • The Kenova Courtroom.
    • The Louisa Community Center.
  • Lincoln County – All sites listed below are open 24/7
    • The Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department at 8049 Vine Ave in Hamlin
    • The West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department at 121 Guyan St. in West Hamlin
    • The Guyan Volunteer Fire Department at RR 2 Box 309 in Ranger
    • The Mud River Volunteer Fire Department at 2865 Bulger Rd in Spurlockville


  • Ironton – The Ohio University Southern at 1804 Liberty Avenue in Ironton is open until 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 as a warming station for those impacted by the weather and power outages. The center will be open in the Rotunda, the building on the right as you enter campus.
  • Proctorville – A warming station is open at the Proctorville Center at 111 Private Drive 516 until 3 p.m. for those affected by power outages.
  • Jackson – The Jackson Area YMCA will open a warming center from 9 p.m. Feb. 17 to 7:45 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Hope Center 84 Mound Street in Jackson. For further information, contact the organization at 740-466-2260.


  • Boyd County
    • The Boyd County Convention and Arts Center is currently open as a 24/7 warming center as capacity allows. Emergency officials say water, coffee and snacks are available as well as chairs, tables, cots and blankets. If you need transportation to the center call 606-393-1801 or 606-393-1842.
    • The Salvation Army at 2212 Carter Avenue in Ashland is operating as a warming station 24/7 for the homeless population to seek shelter from the cold.
  • Breathitt County – First Church of God (1772 Hwy 30 W, Jackson) is open as a warming center.  Contact Breathitt County Emergency Services for more details at 606-666-3815.
  • Carter County – First Baptist Church of Grayson (162 North Court Street, Grayson) is open as a warming center.  The church is open 24 hours a day.
  • Knott County – If you need additional assistance, contact Knott County Emergency Management at 606-785-9386 or 606-276-7178 or Jeff Dobson, County Judge-Executive at 606-785-5592.
    • Hindman Volunteer Fire Department, 89 Cowtown Road, Hindman
    • Fisty Volunteer Fire Department, 1736 Trace Branch Road, Fisty 
    • Kite Topmost Volunteer Fire Department, 10018 S Highway 7, Kite
    • Lotts Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 6894 Lotts Creek Road, Lotts Creek 
    • Vicco Sassafras Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 357 Main Street, Vicco
  • Lawrence County – The Lawrence County Community Center across from Lawrence County High School in Louisa is open as a warming center.
  • Letcher County – Letcher Co Recreation Center (1505 Jenkins Rd, Whitesburg) is open as a warming center. Contact Letcher County Emergency Management for more information 606-633-0429.
  • Magoffin County – Lloyd M. Hall Community Center (88 Church House Road, Salyersville) is open as a warming center.  Contact Magoffin County Emergency Management for more details at 606-349-2313.
  • Prestonsburg – A warming station/shelter is open at the Floyd County Rescue Squad building on Cliff Road in Prestonsburg.
  • Martin, Floyd County – The Floyd County Judge has opened a warming center at the Martin Community Center on Route 80. People will sleeping gear and supplies.
  • Paintsville – A warming center has been opened at the Paintsville Recreation Center at 232 Preston Street in Paintsville. The center will remain open as long as there is a need.
  • Perry County – Perry Co Courthouse (481 Main St, Hazard). Contact Perry County Emergency Management for more information 606-439-1816.
  • Rowan County – A warming center at the Laughlin Building (Morehead University Campus) is open for citizens who need to stay warm during the outage. There is a lot of space at this facility, and social distancing guidelines will still be able to be enforced, and masks are available. The doors are unlocked Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Call 606-207-5028 if you require entry after these hours.
  • Louisa – The City of Louisa will be providing a warming center for those without heat or need a place to stay warm through these rigid conditions. Anyone needing shelter can go to the Louisa Senior Citizens Center located at 101 W. Pike St., Louisa Kentucky.
  • Blaine – The Blaine Church of God at 17655 Highway 32 in Blaine is open 24 hours a day as long as needed for those seeking shelter from the cold.

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