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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Mayor Brown Announces the Opening Of Warming Centers as Blast of Bitter Cold Air Heads to Buffalo

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Buffalo, New. York – With the potential for extremely cold temperatures in the forecast, Mayor Byron Brown today issued a list of daytime warming centers that will be open on Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd in neighborhoods citywide. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures could fall below zero for the first time in four years.

Mayor Brown stated, “We want to be sure everyone who needs a place to keep warm has somewhere to go at the end of the week. Buffalo’s daytime and early evening warming centers are one way we can help people in need cope with the forecasted weather that includes single digit temperatures. I remind everyone to use extreme caution, make good decisions, dress appropriately and check on your neighbors.

Daytime and early evening warming centers are available in Buffalo at the following locations.

Autumnwood Senior Center 1800 Clinton Avenue Thurs & Friday/8am-4pm

Delavan Grider Community Center 877 E. Delavan Thurs & Fri/8am-8pm

George K. Arthur Community Center 2056 Genesee Street Thurs & Fri/9am-4pm

Gloria J Parks Community Center 3242 Main Street Thurs & Fri/8am-9pm

Hennepin Community Center 24 Ludington Avenue Thursday & Friday /9am-5pm

JFK Community Center 114 Hickory Street Thurs & Fri/2-10pm
Northwest Buffalo Community Center 155 Lawn Avenue Thurs & Fri/8:30am-3:30pm

Lincoln Field House Community Center (City Site) 10 Quincy Street Thurs & Fri/2pm-10pm

Peter Machnica Community Center (City Site) 1799 Clinton Street Thursday & Fri/2pm-10pm

Tosh Collins Community Center 35 Cazenovia Street Thursday & Friday/2pm-10pm

Valley Community Association Senior Center 93 Leddy Street Thurs & Fri/8am-5:30pm

William Emslie YMCA Senior Center 585 William Street Thurs & Friday/6am-8pm

586 Genesee Street Friday 7:00am-6:00pm

The following CODE BLUE overnight shelters will be OPEN tonight:

Holy Cross

412 Niagara St. / 6pm-7am

586 Genesee St

Accessible location, open 6pm-7am (This location was formerly a women’s shelter but will be open to all for Code Blue.)


In addition, Mayor Brown issued a series of common-sense reminders on the importance of winterizing your vehicle, especially during a cold spell. Be sure to:

Top off vehicle fluids Check your tire pressure Pack a” Cold Weather Kit”

  • Flashlight and First-aid kit
  • Blanket, warm clothes and gloves
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • A snow brush or ice scraper
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Water Have a plan

To prevent frostbite and hypothermia, Mayor Brown urged residents to dress appropriately during the forecasted blast of extremely cold air. According to medical professionals, dressing in layers is best for staying warm. If people need to be outside for prolonged periods of time, be sure to cover your nose, ears, chin, cheeks, fingers, and toes.

Home heating safety is also important during the winter months. Space heaters

  • Turn heater off before going to sleep at night
  • Turn heater off when leaving the room for more than a few minutes
  • Position space heater at least 3 feet away from furniture, drapes, and other Flammable items
  • Place heater on a solid, flat surface
  • Connect heater directly to wall electrical outlet, not into an extension cord which can be a tripping hazard
  • Remember: Space heaters are designed to be temporary, not all-day heat sources


  • Always use a fireplace screen
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended
  • Make sure fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house
  • If you leave the room while the fire is burning or the fireplace is still hot, take your small child with you NEVER use an oven or stove as a heating source.

Finally, Mayor Brown reminded City residents to sign up for BUFFALERT, if they haven’t already, to stay informed of weather emergencies and other public service announcements. To sign for BUFFALERT, text your zip code

to 38276.



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