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City enacts emergency management plan for severe cold

With a strong cold front lowering temperatures to the 40's, the City of Corpus Christi has a plan in place to help those in need of shelter

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A strong cold front moved in Sunday morning, dropping temperatures into the low 40s with winds between 40 and 45 miles per hour. 

Although it's expected to warm up around noon, Sunday night will put most of the city into freezing temperatures. 

Because of the risk, the City of Corpus Christi has an emergency management plan to address issues such as individuals and pets in need of shelter and utilities.

Homeless Shelters:

On Sunday, January 2, the Salvation Army will open the old shelter location at 521 Josephine for overflow. Intake will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. 

Good Samaritan is also opened and taking people in at 210 S. Alameda. Males and females are welcome. Intake is 24 hours a day. 

The City is partnering with the Gulf Coast Humane Society to shelter the pets of persons who are homeless. The City will be conducting outreach on Sunday to reach people who may need assistance.

Warming Centers:

The City will also offer daytime warming centers within the city limits. City Warming Centers are not a place to sleep nor eat. No pets will be allowed, and no food will be provided.

Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place to include temperature checks upon entry and facemasks are recommended. Visitors will be expected to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State COVID-19 recommended guidelines such as maintaining 6 feet social distancing, along with other best personal-protection practices.

Sunday, January 2, and Monday, January 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: 

  • Broadmoor Senior Center                 1651 Tarlton                        826-3138 
  • Northwest Senior Center                   9725 Up River Road           826-2320

Library location available Monday, January 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: 

  • La Retama Central Library                805 Comanche                   826-7000

Animal Care Services:

With the upcoming cold weather, Animal Care Services has increased the number of on-call officers from one to three to help with calls concerning pets left outside in cold weather. 

This increase of officers will be in effect for tonight and Sunday night when the temperatures are expected to be at their lowest. People are encouraged to bring their pets inside in advance of the temperature drop.

The City reminds pet owners that there is a city ordinance requiring adequate sheltering of canines during cold weather.

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