For stranded motorists, those without power, and anyone in need of warmth, warming stations are available at locations across the state. The National Guard is deployed across Texas to conduct welfare checks and assist local authorities in helping those in need find a local warming station. To find the closest warming shelter, please click on the link and use the map or for information on additional assistance and resources call 2-1-1. https://tdem.texas.gov/warming-centers/
Here is some additional information about area shelters:
Houston Emergency Operations Centers: https://houstonemergency.org/winter-weather-february-2021/
Warming stations and shelters open throughout the Houston area: https://abc13.com/warming-stations-houston-shelters-warm-place-winter-weather-shelter/10338709/
Warming shelters open in Houston area as subfreezing weather arrives: https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/02/13/several-warming-shelters-to-open-in-houston-area-ahead-of-winter-weather-blast/
Houston-area warming centers open, ready for anyone in need of shelter due to severe cold weather: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/grb-convention-center-emergency-shelter-winter-weather/285-399d4516-3ebc-43f1-bbee-4025572e73bf
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:
During a power outage, it is important to be mindful of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Texas Medical Center in Houston reported 100 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning on Monday. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home, and only use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills when you are outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows, according to FEMA officials.
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed during the power outage, instead using food that doesn’t require refrigeration or coolers with ice. The fridge will keep food cold for about four hours while a freezer will maintain the temperature for about 48 hours, according to officials.
If the power is out for more than one day, throw out any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the label says otherwise, according to guidance from FEMA officials.
Consider closing blinds to keep in some heat, closing off rooms to avoid wasting heat and stuffing towels or rags in cracks under doors.