North Texas Cities Open Warming Centers as Millions of Texans Face Bitterly Cold Night Without Electricity – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Many cities in North Texas are opening heat centers because residents run out of electricity and heat on a night when the low is expected to fall near zero.
Below is a list of cities in North Texas and the steps they are taking to help residents who are clinging to ERCOT’s controlled blackout.
The city of Dallas is informing residents in need of a thermal center to call 211 Texas for location information. Dallas is working to open more heat centers, but until then residents can dial 211 or 877-541-7905 for more information. Check the City of Dallas and Dallas Fire-Rescue Twitter pages for updates.
Fort Worth will open a warming station at the Worth Heights Community Center on Monday, February 15th at 12 noon. The website will be open 24/7 for at least the next two days if the weather does not change. COVID screening is taking place. Fort Worth said when the center reaches full capacity, they will open another center at 3551 New York Avenue.
Arlington has several hotel partners who are offering discounted rates due to power outages. The availability of the hotel can be found at www.arlington.org/hotels/winter-storm/. Additional resources are shared as they become available.
The new Denton Thermal Center is located in the MLK Jr. Recreation Center, replacing that in the Civic Center. All supplies and people are moved to ensure better electricity reliability. Residents can stay up to date with Denton updates through their Twitter page.
The City of Euless has opened a thermal center at the Euless Family Life Rec Center, 300 W. Midway.
Hurst / Bedford
Bedford, in partnership with the City of Hurst and HEB ISD, will open a thermal center starting Monday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Central Junior High, 3191 W. Pipeline Road in Euless. The warming center is expected to become an overnight home for all those in need. While some cribs will be available, people are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bags, mats, blankets, and pillows. There will be a maximum capacity of around 150 people. Masks are required. Water is provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own food and medicines. Please note that shower facilities are currently not available and pets are not allowed.
The city of Irving will open the Seniors Park Recreation Center on Monday February 15 as a warmth center for people without electricity. All visitors must wear face masks and socially distance themselves from other households. Visitors are allowed to bring pets, medication, oxygen and PPE / face masks, but are not allowed to bring luggage. The thermal center is located in the Senior Park Recreation Center at 901 Senter Road. Those looking for transportation can call 972-721-6448. Irving is working to provide additional heating options soon, according to a press release. To stay abreast of general updates from Irving, go to CityofIrving.org or visit their Twitter or Facebook pages.
McKinney activates its MEOWS program – McKinney Emergency Overnight Warming Station. The warming station is located at the Salvation Army at 600 Wilson Creek Parkway. The shelter opens Mondays to Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. The last entry is at 10 p.m. For more information call or send a text to 214-945-4637.
North Richland Hills
Heat stations are located in the city of North Richland Hills. To find the nearest heating station, residents should call the station hotline at 817-427-6001. North Richland Hills will post updates on their Twitter page.
Southlake City will have a temporary warming center at DPS North Station at 100 E. Dove Road. There will be coffee, water and electricity. Social distancing is required and pets are not allowed. Residents can visit the City of Southlake’s Twitter page for more updates.