Information on Northwest Indiana Warming Centers

Information on warming centers in Northwest Indiana:


Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. has announced that due to the extreme cold in the forecast now and next week, the City of Hammond has mobilized and identified several buildings as warming centers, including the Jean Shepherd Center, Lost Marsh Golf Course Clubhouse and Hammond Civic Center. A news release from the City of Hammond said individuals may use these facilities during regular operating hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. if necessary to get out of the bitter cold, and if a power outage were to occur, these shelters would remain open during the overnight hours.

“I call on residents to check in on their neighbors, especially senior citizens who are most adversely affected by the extreme cold”, stated Mayor McDermott. “Neighborly care can go a long way in avoiding a tragic situation from occurring.”


The City of Hobart has issued a travel advisory from Wednesday, 1/30/2019 at 1:00 AM until Thursday, 1/31/2019 at 12:00 noon.

The City has opened 24 hour warming centers at Fire Station #2 at 2411 West Old Ridge Road and at the Community Room at the PCC Building 705 E 4th Street. If you or someone you know is unable to reach these locations call 911 to ask for assistance. Please check on your friends and neighbors.

The Hobart branch of the Lake County Library is also open to Lake County residents Monday through Thursday from 10am-to-8:30pm; Friday from 10am-to-6pm and Saturday from 9am-to-5pm.

If you need assistance, please remember to contact Emergency Service by calling 911.


Michigan City

In Michigan City, officials report several warming center locations are available for residents to seek relief from the frigid temperatures. Mayor Ron Meer urges citizens to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets and the elderly during extreme cold.

Warming centers will be available at the following locations:
Michigan City Police Station (24 hours) 1201 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Fire Administration Building (8am-4pm, Monday-Friday)
2510 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Senior Center (8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday)
2 on the Lake

Michigan City City Hall (8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday)
100 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Public Library (during regular business hours)
100 E. 4th Street

Keys to Hope Community Resource Center (8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday,
8:00am-12pm, Sunday-Saturday)
1802 Franklin Street

Any citizen needing transportation to a warming center may call the M.C. Police Department’s non-emergency number at: 219-874-3221. If you need help keeping your pets warm, you’re advised to call the La Porte County Animal Shelter at (219) 326-1637.



Warming centers will be available by request. Please contact Porter Police Department’s non-emergency number 219-926-7611 for assistance.


Call First 219-926-7611

Transportation for Porter residents may be available.

Porter Community Building

500 Ackerman Dr.

Porter Fire Station

550 W. Beam St.


Crown Point

A warming shelter will be available at the Crown Point Civic Center located at 101 S East St. Please call 662-3250 for more information if you think you will be needing this shelter. As always if you have an immediate emergency please call 911.


La Porte

• La Porte County Sheriff’s Office/County Complex, 809 State Street, La Porte;

• The PAX Center, 605 Washington Street, La Porte;

• Center Township Trustee Office, 1700 Lincolnway, Suite 6, La Porte (business hours);

• La Porte City Hall, 801 Michigan Avenue, La Porte (business hours).


East Chicago


Bessie Owens center located at 4001 Alexander Avenue, East Chicago, IN 46312. 7pm to 7am.
The parameters for opening a warming shelter in the City of East Chicago is a wind chill below zero for 3 consecutive days.
In the summertime, a heat index above 100 degrees for 3 consecutive days.
Hours for the warming/cooling shelter is 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m

Warming shelter map location


St. John

The St. John Police and/or Fire Department can be contacted through the 911 system for an Emergency Shelter as necessary.


Valparaiso -updated information/Wed Jan 30

In anticipation of the dangerously cold conditions predicted this week, the City of Valparaiso has organized resources for residents to stay safe. “While we share these resources, we also remind residents to be good neighbors, to check on each other, and to assist each other,” said Mayor Jon Costas. The following resources and tips are provided to assist the community:

  • The V-Line intracity bus service will be transporting riders to Warming Shelters and shelter locations will be posted in all buses. Riders may also board the bus to warm up.
  • The Valparaiso Police Department, 355 South Washington Street, will become a warming Center during the inclement weather Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 1 (9 a.m. through 10 p.m. on Wed and Thurs; and ending at 9 a.m. on Friday). Please enter through the front lobby of Police Station only.
  • Other ongoing warming centers are listed below. Please call first to confirm opening and availability:
    • Valparaiso YMCA, (219) 462-4185

1202 Cumberland Crossing, open Mon – Fri 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso Branch (219) 462-0524

103 Jefferson St., open Mon – Thurs 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Banta Activity Center (219) 462-1301

605 Beech St., open Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Housing Opportunities (219) 548-2800 and after hours (219) 262-0054 is a place for emergency shelter for men or women (M,F 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., TWTh 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Men only may find overnight shelter at the following churches, which open at 9 p.m. for overnight relief only:  Thursday night – Grace New Testament Church, 157 Lafayette St., 219-510-4109; Friday night – Valpo Nazarene Church, 2702 E. Glendale, 219-462-2751
  • UPDATE: The First Presbyterian Church will not be open Wednesday night, Jan 30 as a men’s shelter. New Creations has made the decision that all men requiring shelter this evening will be housed at the New Creations facility. Contact New Creations for further information at 219-286-7061.
  • To protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Valparaiso Fire Department reminds residents to install and maintain CO alarms inside the home to provide early warning of CO. Alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home.
  • For safety, use portable generators outdoors in a well-ventilate area away from all doors, windows, and vents.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
  • Never attempt to heat your home with a cooking stove or other non-approved heating appliance.

In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department offers a special program for individuals who may need special help during weather emergencies. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. To register yourself or a loved one for CARE, contact Valparaiso Police at (219)462-2135.


From the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

Indiana 211 is tracking warming centers as counties across the state prepare for the polar vortex. Citizens looking for warming centers can call 2-1-1 or visit the website. Citizens and local officials are asked to notify Indiana 211 of warming centers available in their area.