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Mayor Weisner Issues Video Public Safety Reminder

Mayor Tom Weisner has issued video public safety announcement reminding Aurora residents to take extra efforts to stay indoors during the hazardous temperatures and to take extra precautions if outdoor activities are necessary.

“It is a time to be very careful. We want to make sure that all of our residents will get through the next few days without any problems,” said Mayor Weisner. 

The video is available on the City of Aurora’s YouTube channel at It will be aired repeatedly on ACTV Channel 10 this week and distributed via social media and community networks.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning beginning at 6:00 p.m. today until Tuesday, January 7 at Noon.  A wind chill warning means the wind will combine with very cold air to create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or worse if safety precautions are not taken.

The City has also opened a temporary 24-hour Warming Center for those in need of a heated facility. The Aurora Transportation Center, located at 233 N. Broadway, will be open around the clock and doubling as a Warming Center until Noon on Thursday, January 9.   Seven other Warming Centers are also available (please see below for locations and hours).

Please note that the Aurora Public Library WILL have all three of its locations open and will continue to serve as Warming Centers; and although all programs, classes and activities are cancelled at the Fox Valley Park District for Monday, January 6, all three of the park district’s community centers (Eola, Prisco, and Vaughan) WILL be open as well.

The majority of Aurora’s public, private, and parochial schools have also announced cancellations for Monday, January 6 due to the inclement weather.  Aurora University has announced class cancellations through Tuesday, January 7 at Noon. To see a full list of reported school closings, please visit:

The Non-Emergency Line at the Aurora Police Department is available 24 hours per day to address weather-related inquires. Call 630-256-5000 to:

  • Locate the nearest Warming Center
  • Request a well-being check for someone who may be at risk due to the extreme cold
  • Request a ride to the 24-hour Warming Center
  • Report inadequate heat in a residential building
  • Connect to shelter and supportive services

Call 9-1-1 for all emergency-related situations.

The City of Aurora advises everyone to take extra safety precautions during this extreme weather:

  • Remaining indoors, if you must go out wear multiple layers of clothing to stay warm      including gloves and hats to help prevent losing your body heat.
  • Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and others most susceptible to extreme cold conditions.
  • If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.
  • Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Protect your pipes by running water at a trickle to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Don’t forget your pets - make sure they have enough shelter to keep warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

Additional Warming Centers:

Seven other locations also serve as daytime Warming Centers:

  • Aurora Public Library - Main  Branch
    • 1 E. Benton Street.
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Aurora Public Library – Eola Road Branch
    • 555 S. Eola Road
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Aurora Public Library – West Branch
    • 233 S. Constitution Drive
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Hesed House
    • 659 S. River St.
    • Hours: Seven Days per Week (7a-7p)
  • Prisco Community Center
    • 150 W. Illinois Ave
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (8a-8:30p), Saturday (8:30a-4p)
  • Salvation Army
    • 437 E. Galena Blvd.
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (10a-4p)
  • Senior Services Associates
    • 900 N. Lake Street
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (8a-4p)

Pertinent updates will be available on the City’s website (, Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Location: Aurora, IL


Release Date—January 5th, 2014