North Texans Flock To Warming Centers Avoiding Another Frigid Night In Homes With No Power – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – More thermal centers opened in North Texas on Tuesday evening February 16 as thousands of people are exposed to the latest round of winter weather with no electricity.

People weighed the risk of spending the night in their home without heat or braving the icy streets to get somewhere warm.

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“Go ahead and get out now,” said Oscar Trevino, mayor of North Richland Hills. “Don’t hold on to it.”

He said it is not too late for people without electricity to find somewhere else to stay, especially as it is unclear when homes in north Texas will be back online.

“In my opinion, the hardest thing we have to deal with is not the weather and it is not without electricity,” said Mayor Trevino. “It is not known in which direction. I don’t know how long we can expect that we will run out of electricity. Without knowing it, do we have two hours or two days to deal with the situation? “

He believes the safest bet is to sleep with a neighbor or relative who still has electricity, but there are heating stations all over the city.

To find the closest one, contact the NRH Warming Station hotline 817-427-6001.

The Salvation Army has opened six community centers in North Texas to help people escape record temperatures.

  • Arlington
  • The tone
  • garland
  • Lewisville
  • McKinney
  • Plano

“We have people who come in at three or five in the morning,” said Jonnie Dodge, a Salvation Army protective monitor. “They come all night. I’ve heard people say, “I’ll put my pride aside.” I’ve heard that a couple of times. It’s cold outside and people who don’t normally get to a place like this are happy to be here. “

Fort Worth will operate a 24/7 thermal center in the Convention Center through Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 noon.

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The city also has additional heating stations for those who need a warm place. The following stations are in operation from Tuesday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Worth Heights Community Center
  • Handley Meadowbrook Community Center
  • Diamond Hill Community Center
  • North Tri-Ethnic Community Center
  • Summerglen Library and Southwest Community Center

Precautions have been taken to allow residents using one of the Fort Worth warming stations to bring their pets.

The city of Dallas opened a thermal center at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

The thermal center is open 24/7 on Wednesday, February 17th. Water, coffee and light snacks are provided. The heat center is not an overnight home and no cots are provided.

“I would encourage anyone who feels they need this thermal center for any length of time – it could be 30 minutes, it could be 3 hours, it could be 12 hours or 24 hours – please come and use it,” said Ryan Adams. Director of Customer Service and Public Affairs for the City of Denton.

The City of Denton plans to keep their thermal center at the MLK Jr. Rec Center open for as long as necessary.

“It grows every night,” said Adams.

Those who run the heat centers don’t want people to worry about possible exposure to COVID-19 preventing them from coming in.

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There are strict protocols in place at every location in the Metroplex.

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