Columbus to open warming location at Donner Center

The city of Columbus is announcing a warming center will be set up starting this evening  at Donner Center on 22nd Street.

The warming center will operate until 10 p.m. tonight, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Donner Center is at the corner of 22nd and Sycamore streets.

The goal is to provide temporary shelter in an effort to prevent injury from those who might be exposed to the forecast extreme cold temperatures.  The National Weather Service is forecasting lows below zero tonight and Wednesday night and wind chill levels from minus 20 to minus 40 degrees. Frostbite to exposed skin can occur in 10 minutes under those conditions.

City officials say that those using Donner Center to get out of the elements must comply with all normal rules and policies. Additional guidelines include:

  • Bring your own reading material or other personal items you require.
  • Amplified sound devices are prohibited.
  • Supply your own snacks.
  • A water fountain is available for public use on the premises.

They also want you to be aware that there are no medical services provided at Donner Center.

For more information,  contact Donner Center at (812) 376-2680.