UPDATE: More warming shelters open for those without power

Photo courtesy the American Red Cross Arkansas

Temperatures could get below freezing Thursday night. Warming shelters are open in several locations around central Arkansas to help those without power.

  • North Little Rock Community Center at Willow Street and Pershing Boulevard
  • Bryant: Bishop Park Community Center at Bishop Park off Boone Road
  • Benton: Northside Church of Christ next to Saline Memorial Hospital at McNeil Street and East Street
  • Jacksonville Community Center at Main Street and Municipal Drive
  • Augusta: Old Crowley Ridge Building at 3rd and Main Streets
  • Little Rock: Dunbar Community Center at 16th and Chester Streets
  • OPENING AT 7 PM FRIDAY: Hot Springs Summit Arena

The McGee Center shelter in Conway is now closed.

The warming shelters are open 24 hours a day. If you need transportation to the Dunbar Community Center in Little Rock, call 3-1-1 and someone will pick you up.

The Red Cross recommends packing some essentials before heading to one of the shelters.

  • 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/earbuds 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

Red Cross says they're responding to an incredible number of house fires are being started by people without power trying to warm their home.

If your fireplace has not been inspected within a year, there's a chance it could catch fire. When using your fireplace, remember to always use a screen and keep bedding and furniture three feet away.