City alert community on the strong cold front

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will move towards Corpus Christi on Sunday morning between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 40’s with winds between 40 and 45 miles per hour until around noon. While it is expected to warm up during the day, the region will experience several hours of freezing or below freezing temperatures from Sunday evening through Monday morning. The City has an emergency management plan to address issues such as people and animals in need of shelter and utilities.

Homeless shelters:

On Sunday January 2, the Salvation Army will open the former refuge location at 521 Joséphine for overflow. Admission will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The Good Samaritan is also open and will welcome people at 210 S. Alameda. Men and women are welcome. The intake is 24 hours a day. The city is partnering with the Gulf Coast Humane Society to shelter the pets of homeless people. The City will conduct outreach activities on Sunday to reach people who may need help.

Warming centers:

The City will also provide daytime warming centers within the city limits. City Warming Centers are not a place to sleep or eat. Animals will not be accepted and no food will be provided.

Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place to include entry temperature checks and face masks are recommended. Visitors will need to follow guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the COVID-19 State, such as maintaining a social distance of 6 feet, as well as other personal protection best practices.

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

Broadmoor 1651 Tarlton Seniors Center 826-3138

Northwestern Seniors Center 9725 Up River Road 826-2320

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

Central Library La Retama 805 Comanche 826-7000

Animal care services:

In anticipation of the coming cold, Animal Care Services has increased the number of guard officers from one to three to answer calls about pets left outside in cold weather. This officer increase will be in effect for tonight and Sunday night when temperatures are expected to be at their lowest. Citizens are encouraged to bring their pets indoors before the temperature drops.

The City reminds pet owners that there is a municipal ordinance requiring adequate shelter for dogs in cold weather.

Protect property:

In order to minimize property damage, citizens are advised to take appropriate measures to help protect their property and:

  • Wrap any exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the house with newspaper, insulation or towels.
  • Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Insulate outdoor faucets with a styrofoam cover, rags or paper.
  • Cover the vents around the foundation of your home.
  • Know where the water shutoff valve is and how to use it. You must apply oil such as WD-40 to the cut-off valve before using it to prevent the valve from breaking.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets so that warmer air can circulate under the sinks.
  • Turn off irrigation systems. Water runoff from irrigation systems can travel across the street and freeze, creating unsafe conditions for drivers.
  • Commercial customers must insulate or drain all exposed pipes.

If you are not staying at home:

  • Turn off the water at the owner’s shut-off valve.
  • Drain all exterior water faucets if your home will be unoccupied for several days (leave exterior faucets open).
  • Set your home thermostat to no less than 55 ° F
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to exterior walls.
  • Have a friend or neighbor check your house daily to make sure it is warm enough to avoid freezing.

Water heater:

The Corpus Christi Fire Department wants to ensure residents stay safe and warm during winter weather conditions by providing the following safety tips when using portable heaters:

  • Inspect all heating equipment before use.
  • Make sure all radiators are clean and dust free.
  • Choose electric heaters that are UL approved with automatic shut-off or overturn safety devices.
  • If you are using extension cords, make sure they are the correct size and length.
  • Never run extension cords under rugs or rugs.
  • Keep radiators at least three feet from furniture and other flammable objects.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries regularly.
  • NEVER use charcoal grills or other fuel-burning appliances indoors.
  • Keep an eye out for children and pets when using heaters.
  • Always turn off heaters when you leave the house.

Protect your plants:

  • Bring your small potted plants, especially succulents, indoors. Mulch or cover outdoor plants with straw, blankets or cardboard.
  • To prevent heat loss from the sides of the containers, move large outdoor pots closer together and wrap the bases with a blanket.
  • Rosemary topiaries or citrus fruits or potted roses should be placed near the wall of your home for extra warmth.
  • Don’t worry if the leaves of the plants wilt; they protect themselves from the cold by becoming dehydrated. Over time, most will recover.
  • If you see frost damage (black or purple flabby leaves or stems), especially on woody perennials, wait until spring to prune so you don’t shear healthy tissue.

For more information, stay connected with our city social media channels Facebook @citygov and Twitter @cityofcc.

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