City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Austin, TX - The Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center remains activated and is supporting many of the needs that are present in the community.
Austin Energy continues to be required to have customers power turned off, as dictated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The demand for power continues to outpace the available supply. Austin Energy will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
“We need this to be a complete community response to this crisis,” said Spencer Cronk, Austin City Manager. “We need those with power to reduce their consumption as much as possible. Those without power please do everything you can to stay warm and safe.”
Cold weather shelters remain open continuously and they will continue to operate for as long as there is a need. Today, additional shelters will be opened around the community.
We are asking that if you can safely shelter at your home, please do. We must preserve these limited spaces for those who are vulnerable or have medical conditions.
Palmer Events Center remains our primary warming center. Thanks to Austin Independent School District, we are able to open two additional facilities but have extremely limited capacity. These sites are intended for our most vulnerable populations, especially those who have medical devices that need power to operate.
Individuals can report directly to these shelters located at:
- Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
- Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Dr, Austin, TX 78744
- Northeast Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX
- Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617
“I know people are looking for warmth, but please do not warm up inside vehicles within garages,” said Juan Ortiz, Director for the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “Try to stay warm by remaining in one room and wearing multiple loose-fitting layers of clothing.”
The City and County have put out an urgent plea to businesses to reduce their power consumption as well. Any measure that can be taken by homes with power or commercial businesses to reduce power usage is a step closer to returning power to homes in our community.
The City of Austin website, offline temporarily yesterday, has been restored. Additionally, service for the City of Austin 311 call center has been restored.
The forecast for tonight calls for additional severe weather. The public needs to remain at home as much as possible during the severe weather to keep the roadways clear for first responders and those seeking shelter. Please only call 911 if it is a life-threatening emergency.