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COUNTY/CITY OFFICES AND SERVICES

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich.

  • Niles City Hall, Niles Fire Complex, History Center & Offices and other non-essential offices will be closed Jan. 30-31.
  • All City of Niles payments, deadlines, shut-offs, etc. will be delayed until Feb.1.
  • Berrien County Courts, Administration, and Health Department will be closed Thursday.

CASS COUNTY, Mich.

  • Cass County Building and Cass County Law & Courts Building will be closed through Jan. 31 with business resuming Feb.1.

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind.

  • Elkhart County Health Department will close Wednesday at 2 p.m. and reopen on Thursday at 1 p.m.
  • City offices in Elkhart will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen on Friday. City boards and commissions will not meet, Thursday's public meeting on Bristol Street widening project is canceled, and City Court is cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Elkhart trash pick up and recycling will not run on Wednesday and Thursday and will instead be collected on Saturday. Friday trash pick up will be on the normal schedule but Friday recycling is cancelled.
  • Borden Waste-Away will not be servicing residents in Bristol, St. Joseph, Nappanee, Elkhart and Goshen on Jan. 30 and 31 but will resume pickup Feb. 1 or Feb. 2.
  • City and Utility offices in Nappanee are closed on Wednesday and Thursday and will reopen at normal times on Friday
  • Goshen city offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, with only essential staff working. All City Boards and Commission meetings are canceled for the rest of the week.
  • The Interurban Trolley will stop running at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will resume service Thursday at noon
  • Goshen: Borden Waste-Away will not run on Wednesday. As of Monday afternoon, the plan is to delay pickup by one day through the rest of the week. Normal schedules will resume Monday, Feb. 4.

LA GRANGE COUNTY, Ind.

  • All LaGrange County offices except for emergency services will be closed Wednesday Jan. 30 and Thursday Jan. 31.
  • Town of Topeka's Offices will be closed Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind.
  • Marshall County offices and courthouse will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Plymouth City Office and the Mayor's Office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Town of Bourbon's Republic Services will be cancelling operations on Jan. 30 and 31. Residents are asked to have totes out by 5 a.m. Friday morning although pickup could be delayed until Saturday.

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.

  • Walkerton Clerk's Office and Town Court will be closed on Jan. 30 and 31. Emergency services and essential personnel will be available.
  • Walkerton: Trash and recycling pickup has been delayed until February 1
  • DTSB and City of South Bend offices will be closed Wednesday and will reopen at noon on Thursday
  • South Bend has suspended trash pickup services for Wednesday and Thursday and instead it will be picked up on Friday and Saturday. Normal trash pickup will resume on Friday.
  • Republic Services has made the following changes to trash and recycling pickup in Mishawaka: Wednesday and Thursday trash will be picked up on Saturday, Friday trash pickup will occur as normal, they will double up on recycling the following week on Wednesday, 2/6/19 and Thursday, 2/7/19.
  • St. Joseph County offices and facilities will be closed due to weather on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich.

  • City of South Haven: All nonessential city facilities will be closed all day Thursday, January 31st, 2019.

LIBRARIES

  • Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Library has extended prize redemption for the Winter Reading Program until Feb.9 due to the cold.
  • Elkhart Public Library closes at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 and will reopen Feb.1 at 9 a.m.
  • Goshen Public Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • St. Joseph County Public Library branches including Virginia Tutt, River Park, Western, LaSalle, German, North Liberty, and Lakeville are closed Wednesday and Thursday. Normal hours resume Friday.
  • The Warsaw Community Public Library will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

  • All Indiana Tech locations will be cancelled from 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, through noon, Thursday, Jan. 31. Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • IU South Bend and the Elkhart Center will be closed on Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31. The campus will re-open Friday, February 1.
  • The University of Notre Dame will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29 and reopen at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 31. Student dining halls will remain open with extended hours. Food vendors at the Hesburgh Library and LaFortune Student Center will be closed.
  • Saint Mary's will close Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will reopen on Friday, February 1
  • Holy Cross College will close Tuesday at 5 p.m. and remain closed Wednesday and Thursday. Campus will resume normal operations on Friday, February 1.

CHURCHES

  • West Goshen Church of the Brethren is closed Thursday and will reopen on Friday.
  • Community Congregational Church at 19671 Cleveland Rd. is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • River Oaks Community Church in Goshen will be closed through Feb.1.
  • South Bend City Church 7:30 p.m. gathering is canceled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
  • First General Baptist Church of Osceola - Wednesday-No AM or PM Bible Study - Thursday-No Prayer Night & ALL small groups cancelled
  • Word Up Apostolic Ministries at 641 N. Crystal Rd. in Benton Harbor closed until Feb.1.
  • Pentecostal Cathedral Cogic - All evening services cancelled through Thursday.
  • Hope United Methodist Church of Edwardsburg Closed/no activities through Friday 2/1.

OTHER

  • Fuson's Martial Arts & Zumba is closed Thursday.
  • View closures at Beacon Health System
  • MITO Corporation offices are closed Thursday.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana will close their office, store and cookie central Thursday, January 31.
  • The South Shore Line has suspended train service for Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31.
  • View closures at Goshen Health facilities.
  • The Four Winds Casinos in Hartford and Dowagiac will be closed Wednesday and reopen on Thursday at 2 p.m.
  • Family & Children's Center in South Bend will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • WorkOne offices in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko and Marshall counties are closed Wednesday. The offices will tentatively reopen on Thursday at 12 p.m.
  • Ferry Street Resource Center in Niles will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • All LOGAN offices and centers will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. This includes the LOGAN Autism Learning Center - Southwest Michigan; Sonya Ansari Center for Autism in South Bend; Sonya Ansari Autism Learning Center - Granger; LOGAN Industries and LOGAN Center in South Bend.
  • The Council on Aging of Elkhart County Life Enrichment Center will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Dial-A-Ride Transportation closed Jan. 30 -31 with no DART bus services available.
  • Champion Window of South Bend at 715 W. Edison St. closed on Jan. 30 and 31.
  • South Bend Community Schools say all games are practices will be cancelled district-wide until Friday, Feb 1.
  • Humane Society of St.Joseph County's adoption center may be closed due to frigid temperatures but cat adoption event still open Saturday Feb. 2.
  • Potato Creek State Park's Nature Center closed until Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. and Information Center closed until Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. due to cold temperatures and wind chill factors.
  • Fuson's Martial Arts & Zumba is closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • United Way of St. Joseph County will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Studebaker National Museum will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • All group classes at Life Treatment Centers are cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday.
  • All Healthlinc Medical Sites will be closed Wednesday and reopen Thursday at 12 p.m.
  • New Creation Child Care will be CLOSED for Wednesday and Thursday
  • Global Composites, Inc. All Plants and Offices will be closed Wednesday January 30- Thursday January 31, 2019 due to the extreme weather. All Employees Should report normal hours on Feb.2
  • All Elkhart Clinic locations will be closed on Wednesday through 1 p.m. Thursday
  • South Bend Cubs: South Bend Cubs Main Office at Four Winds Field will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen on Thursday at 12 p.m. The 1st Source Bank Performance Center will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and will tentatively reopen at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Cubs Den Team Store will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen on Thursday at 12 p.m.
  • La Casa De Amistad Youth and Community Center will close Tuesday at 1 p.m. and reopen on Thursday.
  • Mishawaka Girls Basketball sectional games scheduled Jan. 29 and 30 will be part of tripleheader Feb.1 at Mishawaka.
  • Berrien RESA will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • ABC Clinic of Pet Refuge will be closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, January 30-31.
  • Etna Elevator will be closed Wednesday and Thursday this week.
  • View closures at Lakeland Health facilities
  • Boulanger's Barberie in South Bend, closed Wednesday and Thursday

For information on weather tips in Spanish from La Casa de Amistad, click here.

WARMING CENTERS

  • Pulaski County warming centers are available at the Emergency Management Agency at 108 N. Franklin Rd. in Winamac and the Francessville Fire Station. Pulaski residents who need a warming center are asked to call the Sheriff's Department 574-946-6655.
  • The Stroh Fire Department will be open as a warming center Jan. 30 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Humane Society of St. Joseph County is offering free board to outdoor pets Jan. 29 until Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. when owners are asked to pickup boarded pets.
  • Niles residents are asked to call 683-1313 for warming shelters in the area.
  • Plymouth residents should contact the Plymouth Police Department at 574-936-2126 for access to the warming center at the Conservation Clubhouse.
  • Keep It Real Ministries located at 756 Pipestone St. in Benton Harbor will be open as warming center.
  • New Bethel Baptist Church at 2360 Townline Rd. in Benton, Harbor opening its doors as warming center.
  • Abundant Life Church at 693 Columbus St. in Benton Harbor will be a warming center for those in need.
  • Freedom Life Church at 1330 M-139 in Benton Harbor will act as a warming shelter as polar vortex hits the region.
  • God's Household of Faith at 274 Pipestone St. in Benton Harbor will be open as a warming center.
  • The Town of Bourbon's Matchette Center will be open as a warming center over the next several days. In case of a power outage, the Clerk-Treasurer's office will be opened as an alternate location.
  • The Charles Black Community Center in South Bend will be open as an emergency warming center from 9 a.m. on Tuesday through 8 p.m. on Friday.
  • Bremen Town Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Bremen Police Department will be open 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. as emergency warming centers starting Tuesday.
  • LaGrange County Sheriff's Department and Parkview LaGrange Hospital are available as warming shelters starting Tuesday.
  • UltraCamp at 123 E Main St. in Niles will be open Tuesday Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. through Friday Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Soup and water available, bring blankets, bring pillows, bring personal entertainment, no showers available, no cots available
  • Michigan Heating and Cooling at 2439 11th St. in Niles will be open Tuesday at 3 p.m. through Saturday at 10 a.m.
    • No food or showers available, no cots available, bring blankets, bring pillows, bring personal entertainment
  • Nappanee will open a Warming Center at West Park Pavilion - 500 N. Nappanee Street, from Tuesday January 29 at 5 p.m. through Friday, February 1 at 8 a.m.
  • Michigan City warming centers
  • Additional warming centers

TRAFFIC/TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Check out the maps for travel conditions in your county.

POWER OUTAGES:

IF YOU GET STRANDED WHILE DRIVING

The Indiana State Police have released the following tips if you get stranded in your vehicle.

  • Before you leave, let someone know your route of travel.
  • Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
  • Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
  • Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.
  • Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
  • Make sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • At night, leave your dome light on.
  • Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call the Indiana State Police or local police.

SAFETY TIPS FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Put Together a Supply Kit

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Remaining Safe During a Winter Storm

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.
  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.
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