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City Designates Senior Center As Warming Area

January 31, 2019 GMT

LOWELL -- The city has opened a warming center as an arctic blast of air with life-threatening wind chills takes over the region.

The center opened Wednesday night at the Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St., and will remain open through Friday at 8 a.m.

“We encourage people that are cold and have nowhere to go to stop in and warm up,” Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward said in a statement. “The temperature and wind chill will be very cold over the next few days.”

Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue directed the Lowell Emergency Management to activate the warming center, which is being managed by Lowell Emergency Management with additional staff from the police and fire/EMS departments.

To stay at the center, residents must sign in upon entry, possess no alcohol, drugs or weapons, and be subjected to the a search. There is no smoking within 50 feet of the building.

Those who need any medication must bring it with them. If you are bringing children, the staff encourages you to bring activities that will keep them busy, such as coloring books or card games.