A thermal center in the Calallen FEMA Dome opened on Wednesday evening.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The city of Corpus Christi has opened a 24-hour emergency shelter in the Calallen FEMA Dome for the elderly, families and anyone seeking refuge.
Anyone in need of emergency shelter is advised to leave immediately. They will take residents in until they reach their capacity.
From Thursday at 11 a.m. there will be a total of 65 cots and fewer than 10 people.
The shelter is open until Saturday morning February 20th.
- place: 4001 Wildcat Drive
If you need a ride to the shelter, you can contact the RTA from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at (833) 782-3539.
After 8 p.m. you can call the city at (361) 826-2489. The shelter has warmth but no running water.
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The FEMA dome in Calallen is OPEN with lots of cribs, pillows, blankets, food and water! Pets are not allowed, but @GC_Humane will take care of them while you are at a shelter! Please make use of these resources while MORE frosty weather is on the way. @ kiii3news pic.twitter.com/cDxuBZfsIT
– Ashley Gonzalez (@ ashley_gonz14) February 18, 2021
SHORT-TERM PROTECTION: We’re opening a 24-hour emergency thermal protection at the Calallen FEMA Dome for anyone seeking refuge during the extreme cold, power outage, and boiling water the city is currently experiencing.
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– City of Corpus Christi (@cityofcc) February 18, 2021
The city of Corpus Christi announced that it would reopen the heat centers by Friday.
City heat centers are not places to eat or sleep, and no pets are allowed, city officials said. COVID-19 logs will also be in place. Temperature checks on the door and face masks are required.
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The following places are open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche, 826-7000
- Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, 654 Graham Road, 826-2330
- Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Drive, 826-2345
- Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive, 826-2305
- Northwest Senior Center, 9725 Up River Road, 826-2320
- Lindale Leisure Center, 3133 Swantner Drive, 826-3449
Ingleside town’s senior center is open all night for anyone who needs a warm place, police said. You are asked to bring your own blankets and wear a mask. Do you need more resources or information? Call the Communication Center at (361) 776-2531.
- Place: 2850 Main St, Ingleside, TX 78362
The city also offered these precautions you can take to reduce your risk of frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather. The Texas Department of Health advises:
- When outdoors, wear layers of loose fitting clothing, gloves, a hat, and face covering.
- Stay dry.
- Be especially careful in the wind. A strong wind can cause wind chill well below freezing even in moderately cold weather.
- At the first sign of possible frostbite – redness or pain in one area of the skin – come out of the cold or protect exposed skin.
- Watch out for symptoms of hypothermia.
- Confusion, sleepiness, slurred speech, drop in blood pressure, shallow breathing, and pink skin.
- Anyone with symptoms of hypothermia is at imminent danger and should receive immediate medical attention.
- Check out the elderly or the sick, especially if they live alone or in remote areas.
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