It hasn’t been an easy week for Michigan residents: two severe storms led to flooding and historic power outages, all while it’s been 90 degrees and humid outside.
Some lost power Wednesday afternoon and still don’t have it back –– and they might not until Sunday. This is bad news for food and medical supplies that require refrigeration, air conditioning, and some pets.
Some local governments have taken it upon themselves to set up cooling shelters, charging stations, or provide resources to their residents. Others have not.
Here’s a look at where you can go for help in your city:
The city of Dearborn is distributing free dry ice for food or other perishable items. It’s available from 1-6 p.m, or until supplies run out, on Friday at the loading dock of The Center. Proof of residency is required.
They recommend you bring a cooler to safely transport the dry ice. If the power outages remain significant, the city may distribute more throughout the weekend.
The air-conditioned ice rink at City Park in Garden City is available for anyone who needs a cooling center or a place to charge their phones.
It is open today from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Royal Oak has activated the Salter Center as a cooling center. It will remain open from now until 8 p.m. and reopen Friday at 8 a.m.
The Salter Center staff will be there at closing to provide assistance to anyone still in need.
The city of Westland has opened a series of public locations throughout the city to provide respite from the heat and humidity. Each location doubles as a cooling center and a charging location for electronic devices.
Westland City Hall, the Friendship Center, the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center and the William P. Faust Library are all open until 5 p.m.
Fire station #1 at 35701 Central City Parkway and #3 at 28801 Annapolis are both open from 8:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The police station at 36701 Ford Road is open 24 hours a day.
Sterling Heights does not have any official cooling locations, but the community center is open until 9 p.m., and residents are welcome to go and take advantage of the air conditioning, WiFi, and charging ports at any time.
The city of Ann Arbor opened a relief station for residents at Pioneer High School.
It opened on Thursday at 3 p.m. and will be open until 8 p.m. It might remain open for the weekend, depending on public need.
Masks are required to enter and light snacks, water and charging stations for electronic devices will be provided.
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