1.11.12 City Sets Up Warming Centers

City of Temple Press Release:

Temple to Open Emergency Warming Centers

The Temple Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today is activating emergency warming centers 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 OEM anticipates the warming centers to be open for three days but will adjust operations based on the forecast.

The locations are:
· Humble House, 611 South 7th Street (men)
· Salvation Army, 120 South 21st Street (women and children)

All warming centers are non-profit agencies working in partnership with the city to provide this service. Additional warming centers are on standby 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.

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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