People living in South Texas are not accustomed to extremely low temperatures and freezing weather conditions that are forecasted in the coming days.
The City of Corpus Christi will open the following senior centers and library locations as warming centers beginning Friday, February 12 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from Saturday, February 13 through Wednesday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The warming centers may remain open potentially through Thursday, February 18 depending on forecasted severe cold and inclement weather.
“Our City is opening warming centers early in order to protect those who are without shelter or heat,” Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said. “I believe helping others who may be threatened by the cold temperatures must be a community priority.”
City Warming Centers are not a place to sleep nor eat. No pets will be allowed, and no food will be provided.
Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place to include temperature checks upon entry and facemasks are required. Visitors will be expected to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State COVID-19 recommended guidelines such maintaining 6 feet social distancing, along with other best personal-protection practices.
Senior Centers Locations Serving as Warming Centers:
Broadmoor Senior Center 1651 Tarlton 826-3138
Ethel Eyerly Senior Center 654 Graham 826-2330
Garden Senior Center 5325 Greely 826-2345
Oveal Williams Senior Center 1414 Martin Luther King 826-2305
Public Libraries Locations Serving as Warming Centers:
Ben F. McDonald Public Library 4044 Greenwood 826-2356
La Retama Central Library 805 Comanche 826-7000
Owen R. Hopkins Public Library 3202 McKinzie 826-2350
The City would also like to remind everyone about the precautions you can take to reduce your risk of frostbite and hypothermia in extreme cold weather. The Texas Department of State Health Services advises:
- Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, mittens, a hat and a face cover when outdoors.
- Stay dry.
- Be extra cautious in the wind. A strong wind, even in only moderately cold weather, can cause a wind chill far below freezing.
- At the first signs of possible frostbite – redness or pain in any skin area – get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin.
- Watch for hypothermia symptoms.
- Confusion, drowsiness, slurred speech, a drop in blood pressure, shallow breathing and a pinkish tint to the skin.
- Anyone with hypothermia symptoms is in immediate danger and should receive medical help right away.
- Check on elderly or sick people, especially if they live alone or in isolated areas.
Use caution while outdoors and remember the three P’s: Protect people, pipes and pets; and stay informed. For more information visitwww.cctexas.com/weather. Stay connected with our city social media channels Facebook @citygovand Twitter@cityofcc.