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Cold Weather Resources and Help

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The City encourages residents to use these resources to help combat cold weather.

Residents, including those homeless, needing refuge from the frigid weather are welcome to warm up in public buildings, such as the City’s ten community centers, during regular business hours. Please call the center first as it may be closed due for snow emergencies. For a complete list of warming centers in Kansas City, please call the United Way at 211 or visit the State of Missouri’s comprehensive map. RideKC provides a warming bus on cold weather days. Check the RideKC Twitter feed for times and locations.

  • The City’s Health Department has information on preventing and treating cold-related conditions such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, frostbite and hypothermia. Also available are:
  • Instructions on keeping safe in extreme cold (tips on dressing warmly, preparing your car, and much more),
  • Keeping food safe in a power outage
  • Winter power outage help
  • Winter injury prevention (including winter walking safety, winter driving, what to do about downed power lines, and physical stress)

You can also review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s severe cold weather tips.

The KCPD advises you:

  • Do not leave your vehicle running unattended. That is an invitation for thieves to steal it, and City Ordinance prohibits it.
  • Call 911 if you are worried about the welfare of someone in this cold weather and have been unable to reach them.

Note that both residential and business sidewalks should be cleared of snow and ice in a reasonable time after winter storms have passed. This City ordinance is for the safety of residents.

If you are unable to shovel snow, many local faith-based organizations have snow shoveling volunteers.

The City has produced numerous videos dealing with cold weather. View the YouTube winter playlist of helpful tips on safety heaters, pet safety, preparing pipes and more.

Here are tips the Humane Society of Missouri recommends to protect your pet during cold weather:

  • Keep your pet inside.
  • Provide adequate shelter.
  • Be aware of antifreeze and rock salt.
  • Dry wet pets.
  • Provide adequate food and water. Snow is not a substitute for fresh water.

Animal Health staff will rescue pets found outside without proper shelter during extreme conditions and issue citations to their owners. Residents should report pets left outdoors during extreme weather by calling 311 or (816) 513-1313 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM or (816) 234-5111 after hours.

Neighborhoods and Housing Services have tips for home maintenance during cold weather, including servicing your heating system, saving your concrete and more.

Know Where to Go When You Hear ‘Snow’

When snow hits, Public Works constantly updates the kcmo.gov/snow page with plowing and weather details. On the snow page, you can also get preparedness tips, learn about the  snow removal process, find emergency snow routes and check out answers to frequently asked questions.