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Schenectady County Cold Weather Warming Stations

During cold weather emergencies, Schenectady County partners with local organizations to offer warming centers throughout the county. Residents are urged to stay inside as much as possible and visit a warming center if they need a warm, safe space to stay.

Seek A Warm, Safe Place During A Cold Weather Emergency


Warming Centers Open

Frigid temperature and gusty winds are expected Friday, February 3 - Sunday, February 5, 2023


Schenectady County Warming Centers

Bethesda House
834 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Friday – Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

City Mission of Schenectady
425 Hamilton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Friday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Hon. Karen B. Johnson Central Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phyllis Bornt Branch Library & Literacy Center
948 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Glenville Branch Library
20 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY 12302
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mont Pleasant Branch Library
1036 Crane Street
Schenectady, NY 12303
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Niskayuna Branch Library
2400 Nott Street East
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rotterdam Branch Library
1100 N. Westcott Road
Rotterdam, NY 12306
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Scotia Branch Library
14 Mohawk Avenue
Scotia, NY 12302
Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch Library
2 Sanford Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Code Blue Shelters

When a Code Blue is declared, the County’s homeless shelters extend their hours of operation to allow those who need shelter to remain indoors during inclement winter weather. 

Bethesda House
834 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307

The Salvation Army's Evangeline Booth Miracle Home - Women Only
168 Lafayette Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Schenectady County Department of Social Services
797 Broadway
Schenectady, NY 12305
DSS On-Call after 4:30pm 518-382-0383

Important Cold Weather Information


A life-threatening condition where the body temperature is abnormally low. Symptoms can begin gradually and get worse without the person realizing how serious it is. Early symptoms include shivering, dizziness, trouble speaking and lack of coordination. Signs of moderate to severe hypothermia include sluggishness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, confusion, and shallow breathing. 


A serious injury to a body part frozen from exposure to the cold. It most often affects extremities like fingers and toes or exposed areas such as ears or parts of the face.  Redness and pain may be the first warning of frostbite. Other symptoms include numbness or skin that appears pale, firm, or waxy.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing

by turning on cold water faucets slightly, preferably in a basement sink- running water will not freeze as quickly. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to non-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall. If you plan to leave your residence, drain and shut off the water system, except indoor sprinkler systems.

If you lose power

turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when service is restored. Leave one light on to indicate power has been restored. Make sure fuel space heaters are used with proper ventilation. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help reduce food spoilage.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas. The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.  Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and dizziness.  If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital immediately.