Temple offers warming centers for the second night in a row

POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 9:41pm

The Temple Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will keep emergency warming centers open Tuesday night, to provide a temporary warming space for homeless or distressed persons in the city. This decision is based on data from the National Weather Service on predicted sustained nighttime temperatures and wind chill factors. The forecast shows temperatures warming Tuesday, and the OEM anticipates warming centers to close as of Tuesday morning.

The locations are:
• Victory Ministries, 305 South 18th Street (men)
• Humble House, 613 South 7th Street (men) (women and children)

Additional resources are available should the current locations meet capacity. The warming centers will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next morning. Both warming center sites reported that no one sought assistance Monday night.

Warming centers are free and possible due to the efforts of the City of Temple Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the not-for-profit Temple Emergency Warming Center Coalition (TEWCC), and the 2-1-1 System.

According to Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Lonzo Wallace, “The intent of providing warming centers in Temple is to bring people that would normally be out in the elements on an extremely cold evening indoors during the coldest hours of the night. Guests will be provided a warm area for refuge, water, blankets, toilet facilities, and limited hygiene items.”

Once activated, information on warming centers is available by contacting 211. Information is also being posted in public city facilities, at the Temple Help Center, the Salvation Army, and on Local Government Access Channel 10.

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