Columbia County Warming Sites Announced

(Columbia County) Columbia County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare for the extreme cold weather that is in the forecast. Officials say these types of weather conditions can be extremely dangerous to humans and animals. Officials are offering tips for staying warm and have announced the hours of warming centers in the county:

Village of Cambria

Jane Morgan Memorial Library

109 West Edgewater Street, Cambria, WI 53911

Hours of Operation: Tues and Thurs – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


City of Columbus

Columbus Community Center

161 N. Dickason Boulevard

open 24 hours from Friday 8:00 a.m., February 5th, until Saturday, February 13th at 8:00 a.m.

If transportation is needed to the shelter, please notify Columbia County Dispatch Non- Emergency Number – they will notify Columbus EM.


Village of Fall River

Fall River Village Hall

641 South Main Street, Fall River, WI 53932

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon.


Village of Pardeeville

Pardeeville Village Hall

114 Lake Street, Pardeeville, WI 53954

Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


City of Lodi

Lodi Community Center

601 Clark Street, Lodi WI 53555

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For those at risk outside of those times, please contact the Lodi Police Department at 608-742-4166 (Columbia County Dispatch – they will contact Lodi Police)


City of Portage

In the City of Portage, the following warming centers will be open Tuesday – Friday:

Portage Municipal Building Basement Meeting Room

115 W. Pleasant Street

Portage, WI 53901

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Going forward, City Hall will not be available 2/12-2/17 due to set up, election day and tear down after.


Portage Public Library

253 W Edgewater Street

Portage, WI 53901

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Saturday


Village of Randolph

Village of Randolph

248 W. Stroud Street, Randolph, WI 53956

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


If the public is in need of shelter accommodations outside of these designated times, please notify your local municipality or the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166 Extension 1 and request Emergency Management.


You will be provided a warm place to sit.  No other amenities will be provided.  Please bring the following with you:

  • Bring your own food and water
  • Bring medications with you
  • Bring games, books, or playing cards
  • Bring toys for your children to play with
  • NO PETS will be allowed at the shelters

The following actions are recommended during extreme cold temperatures:

  • Check on the elderly (they slip and fall going out to get mail)
  • Travel is discouraged, but if you have to travel, make sure to have an emergency kit, extra blankets and plenty of warm clothing
  • Check on pets (make sure they have proper shelter)
  • Do not let children play outside, frostbite can begin on exposed skin within 5-10 minutes in these extreme temperatures
  • Make sure intoxicated persons get home safe and don’t wander
  • Keep fuel tanks full
  • Do not run heaters off of extension cords (this is the cause of many fires as the cords are not heavy enough to handle the electric load)