Louisville Metro Winter Resources Guide

Jump To:
Winter Safety Tips
Things to Do / Health / Fitness / Environment 
Pet Safety Tips for the Winter

Resources for those in Need

Metro's Winter/Holiday ResourcesVolunteer to Help Those in Need
The Coalition for the Homeless is an advocate for people who are homeless and for the prevention and elimination of homelessness. Visit their website to learn more and volunteer to help. Their Operation White Flag program is in effect when winter temperatures or wind chill is 35 degrees or lower.

The emergency homeless shelters that participate in Operation White Flag are:

  • Society of St. Vincent dePaul (men only)
  • The Healing Place for Men
  • The Healing Place for Women
  • The Salvation Army
  • Volunteers of America (men only)
  • Wayside Christian Mission
  • Interlink

These shelters operate for the homeless and may offer shelter above their capacity during white flag.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization’s LIHEAP Crisis Program provides utility assistance to low-income residents of Jefferson County with disconnection notices from their utility service provider, or who are facing eviction or currently without utility services. This program operates each year beginning in January. Click here for more details or call 574-1157.
The Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP operates annually in November and December and is open to all Jefferson County residents who meet income eligibility, regardless of the status of their utility bill. Click here for more information or call 574-1157.

Weatherization Assistance Program
Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization’s Weatherization Assistance Program provides grants to low-income residents to help make their homes more energy-efficient and lower utility bills. The program is available Metro-wide, however, there is currently an extensive waiting list. Interested residents may be added to the waiting list but no applications are being accepted at this time.  For more information, call 574-4377.

Winter Safety

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety
Safety tips from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, including tips on indoor and outdoor safety and cold-weather health emergencies. More.

Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard for Seniors
Almost everyone knows about winter dangers such as broken bones from falls on the ice. But cold weather also can cause an important, less obvious danger that affects many older Americans. Learn more from the
National Institute on Aging website.

Snow Removal CenterInteractive
Snow Removal Center
Map and View Which Roads are Cleared Near You! The Louisville Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) and Metro Public Works have created an interactive snow routes map. It allows you to enter an address to see the routes around you that will be cleared during a snow or ice event.
See it: http://ags2.lojic.org/metrosnowroutes/index.html

Snow Removal Information for Residents & Businesses
(Taken from the Metro Ordinance Number 195, page 40.
See it (823MB PDF file)

(A) It shall be the duty of all persons and corporations owning or occupying property abutting a public street in Louisville metro to remove within 24 hours thereafter such snow as may fall on the sidewalks in front of their property. Where the property is unimproved or unoccupied this duty shall devolve on the owner or the agent for the property. Where property is occupied by others than owners thereof, this duty shall devolve on the owner or the tenants and either may be proceeded against for the violation.

(B) Snow when removed from the sidewalk shall be placed either on private property or in the public driveway at a distance not less than 12 inches from the curbing of the sidewalk. However, in no event shall the snow be so placed as to obstruct the free passage of water in the gutter or in the direction of any sewer or catch basin.

Winter Home Safety
Louisville Fire provides winter fire safety information on their website to prevent incidents in fireplaces, furnaces and wood-burning stoves. Learn important safety tips here.

Things to Do / Health / Fitness / Environment

Metro Arts Centerwinter
The Metro Arts Center at 8360 Dixie Highway (map it), offers classes for children and adults in the fine and applied arts. If you're looking to acquire or refine a particular artistic skill – from guitar playing and cartooning to pottery and silversmithing – the Metro Arts Center has a fun, affordable class for you. And new classes begin in January!

Louisville Free Public Library
With 17 locations throughout Louisville Metro, the Louisville Free Public Libraries (LFPL) are your neighborhood learning centers, offering computer and GED classes, exhibits and programs for kids and adults and Internet access at every branch. And many branches now offer CDs and DVD to check out. Don't let your brain freeze this winter - connect to www.lfpl.org today. 

Kentucky Science Center
There's always something going on at the Louisville Science Center, and this winter is no exception. Visit their site to plan a visit, whether you're taking the family to an IMAX movie or checking out their new exhibit on the Titanic!  Go.

Metro Parks Sports Leagues
Winter 2009-10 adult basketball leagues are forming now.  You can sign up until December 30 with league play beginning Janary 4, 2010. Find registration information here. The games will take place at Cyril Allgeier Community Center.

For thousands of local children, sledding is one of the highlights of the winter season. Metro Parks will open seven sledding hills whenever there is significant snow accumulation (at least 2-3 inches). Get the where, when and how.

If you guessed a Bullock's Oriole, you're right!Jefferson Memorial Forest Has it All
Jefferson Memorial Forest is America's largest municipal urban forest and seems to be adding more and more acreage every year. Visit their website to learn how you can join in their winter activities from winter hikes to improving your bird watching & identification skills.
Can you identify the bird on your right? (Hover your mouse over the image for the answer.)

Get Fit with the Help of the Louisville
Metro Health DepartmentMayor's Healthy Hometown Movement

Fitness is just a click away this winter -
from losing weight and eating right to
wellness training and charity runs - stop by the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement website. Go

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers a number of wellness classes and resources. Visit them online now to learn more

Breath of Fresh Air Tip of the Month
Every month, the Air Pollution Control District puts out a new tip to help save the air and save energy. This holiday season it's on energy-saving LED holiday lights.
Find out more

Ice Skating Venues

JCPS/YMCA After School Programs
Get the kids moving this wnter with the YMCA School-Age Child Care and the Childcare Enrichment Program. They offer a variety of options for children ages 5 - 14 during winter break. Registration is now open. Visit the YMCA online.

Energy Star
The gift of energy efficiency through the holidays and all winter long

During the holidays, ENERGY STAR will help you deck the halls with ideas for energy-saving gifts and appliances, and even info on how to save energy and $$$ with holiday lighting. ENERGY STAR can also help you learn about improving your home’s energy efficiency so you will stay warm during the cold winter months. Of particular interest is a Do-It-Yourself Guide to Sealing and Insulating. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Louisville promotes energy efficiency as an important method of not only saving on your energy costs but also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pets and the Cold
With the onset of cold weather, Metro Animal Services (MAS) has seen a significant increase in service requests concerning animals residing outdoors. MAS is urging pet owners to take a few common sense precautions to safe guard their pets against the recent consistently bitter cold temperatures. Learn more.