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Cold Weather Advisory

This post is a reprint of a Cold Weather Advisory sent out by Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti.

As temperatures around Chicago continue to drop, we want to remind everyone to use precautions to stay safe this winter. According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, temperatures will be in the single digits and below over the next few days, creating dangerous wind chills.

When you go outside, dress accordingly, make sure you have a hat and gloves and that exposed skin is covered. Limit the time you and your pet spends outside and try to avoid overexerting yourself. Make sure pipes in your home are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air to limit the chance of the pipe freezing. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with cables and extra blankets and make sure you have adequate gas when on the road. Always check the forecast when going out to make sure you are properly prepared. 

Currently, the Warming Center at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to the extreme cold, all six DFSS Community Service Centers will serve as Warming Centers with extended times from Sunday, January 5th to Tuesday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.       

 DFSS COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER LOCATIONS

Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street

Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue

King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove

North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue

South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, 

Trina Davila, 4357 W. Armitage Avenue

 

Additional community facilities that serve as Warming Centers are libraries, Park District buildings and senior centers. Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who cannot get to a Warming Center on their own. Call 311 for current information on Warming Center locations and hours. 
 
In the event of more snow, we remind you to please clear the walkway in front of your residence or home. Without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. 
 
Additionally, if you know of any friends or neighbors who may need some extra assistance during the colder weather, please check-in on them. As always, you can also call my City Service office at (312) 263-9273 for assistance during regular business hours. Please call 911 if there is an emergency.

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Community Care Night! Feb. 1

On Feb. 1, join us for another evening of health and wellness resources for activists, protesters, communities in resistance and anyone needing care.

Drop in to receive sensitive, trauma- informed, solidarity wellness care. No appointment needed. Donations gladly accepted.

Services offered: NADA ear acupuncture treatments, massage, reiki, speak with a nurse or meet with a counselor.

Future events: First Fridays — March 1st, April 5th

Organized by the Healing Justice Network, Sage Community Health Collective and Chicago Action Medical

Where: Sage Community Health Collective, 2514 W. Armitage, #205. This office shares a building with 2520 W. Armitage; 2514 W. Armitage is the back entrance. Although the address is on Armitage, the entrance is in the back of the building on Bingham, close to the alley (our building is long and triangular).
When: The first Friday of every month (Feb. 1), 5-8pm

Sage Community Health Collective can be accessed from the Blue line or the Armitage, Milwaukee or Western bus routes.

Community Care Night Herbal Consults: What to expect

Herbal medicine is an approach to health and healing that looks at ways to support the entire person, not just treat a disease or symptom. To achieve this, an herbalist typically does a comprehensive intake and provides recommendations that include diet, lifestyle change, supplements and herbal remedies. These combined strategies can support your body’s natural ability to heal.

Herbal consults in a community setting, like the Community Care Nights, are only able to provide a brief review of your health concerns and provide suggestions for the immediate problem. Chronic or more complicated issues will benefit from a more in-depth intake and follow-up. Please talk to the herbalist about what approach is right for you.

Some herbal remedies are available at on-site. Donations are appreciated for any herbal remedies provided.