The City of Jonesboro is taking measures to prepare for anticipated frigid conditions in the coming days.
While the Salvation Army has round-the-clock services for those in need, the City will expand those services if conditions warrant. As is common in such situations, Earl Bell Center, Parker Park and Allen Park will be open as warming centers during the day. Earl Bell Center, 1212 S. Church St., is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays. The other two parks are open 3:30-9 p.m. All parks are open noon-5 p.m. Saturday, but those hours could be extended based on need.
While the Earl Bell Center and all parks are normally closed on Christmas, Mayor Harold Copenhaver said conditions and needs will be monitored, and adjustments made if necessary.
While 9-1-1 is the number to call for emergency, those with needs that are not emergency-related should call the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, which connects those in need with services, provisions and hot meals.
Temperatures are anticipated to be dangerously cold Thursday afternoon through Sunday.
Jonesboro and Craighhead County E911 Director Ronnie Sturch recommends some safety tips for homes and autos:
Disconnect and drain garden hoses, cover outside faucets with insulating foam, and change heating system filters. Keep plants and pets indoors. Keep taps running at a slow but steady stream to prevent pipe breaks.