City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shelter operations expanded due to severe cold weather
Austin, TX – The City of Austin and Travis County are preparing for severe and cold weather that is anticipated in the coming days.
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations (A/TCEOC) has been activated to respond to the impending inclement weather.
The City of Austin, Travis County, and community partners have activated cold weather shelters for tonight. Moving forward, cold weather shelters will be operating 24 hours a day for as long as conditions dictate. Individuals sheltering this evening will be offered the opportunity to remain during the day and the upcoming nights. Those seeking shelter tomorrow will be able to go to the Central Library at 6 p.m. to be transported to shelters.
A warming center will be open tomorrow, Feb. 13 located at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. The warming center will open at 10 a.m. Individuals in the warming centers will be eligible to be transported to shelters in the evening on request.
It is critical that the public is weather aware and monitors the conditions in the community for at least the next seven days. Please check the National Weather Service and local media for current weather conditions.
The Austin Public Works Department has implemented its weather emergency response plan and asks that the public use extreme caution when driving over any kind of bridge structure as they tend to hold ice longer. More information on their operations can be found on their site.
Austin Water is encouraging residents to visit their website for tips preventing property damage during freezing weather.