Both DTE and Consumer's Energy report power will not be fully restored for all customers until well into or beyond the weekend.
In response, the Washtenaw County Emergency Operations Command - EOC - (led by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office) has met to determine community emergency needs, with the Office of Community & Economic Development leading the coordination among human services providers.
With overnight lows on Friday night expected to reach into the low teens, the Red Cross is expected to open 1 to 2 warming centers in the Ypsilanti area on Friday for residents in need. While human services agencies in other areas of the county are reporting some impacts to vulnerable residents, the largest concentration of needs are in the eastern part of the county.
The Red Cross is opening two overnight centers:
Washtenaw International High School, 510 Emerick St. in Ypsilanti
Bates Elementary School, 2704 Baker Road in Dexter
Lincoln Consolidated Schools:
Lincoln High School, 7425 Willis Road in Augusta Township, as a daytime and overnight warming center
The school is offering bathroom facilities, running water and shower facilities, and meals to residents in need. Aramark is serving a free meal at 6:00pm Friday, March 10, 2017. Showers are available at 7:00pm Friday and 7:00am Saturday. People must bring their own towels and toiletries. Anyone wishing to sleep at the high school must be there by 10:30pm Friday and leave by 9:00am Saturday. The Red Cross is providing cots and blankets. Additional site guidelines for Lincoln are listed here at the schools website.
Conditions for all three locations:
Children must be accompanied by an adult the entire time they are in the building
Red Cross will provide cots & blankets along with basic hygiene items
Bring your own pillows
Further availability of these locations through the weekend will be determined based on need. Please call (734) 971 - 5300 ext. 213 with any additional questions.
Large service providers like Community Mental Health, who service well over 1,000 people in the area, are working with the EOC and OCED to assess who can stay in place with emergency supplies (food, blankets, etc.) to minimize disruption to their lives. If a warming center for any special populations is required, we will coordinate with the appropriate partners to implement as needed.
For individuals with a need to temporarily escape the cold, local libraries and certain human services agencies will be available during their business hours for temporary relief. For a listing of those organizations that can provide short-term temporary relief from cold temperatures, please see the Temporary Weather Haven List.
For homeless individuals: Daytime and Overnight Warming Center Information
If any residents are in need of support or resources related to the weather or power outages, refer to the United Way 2-1-1 hotline.