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City of McAllen officials are urging McAllen residents who need warm shelter to make plans as temperatures are expected to continue to plummet this evening into tomorrow morning. While no precipitation is expected, continued and prolonged freezing temperatures, especially in the evening and overnight hours, could become problematic for residents with no heat or electricity.
The Salvation Army, located at a 1600 N 23rd St. in McAllen, will continue to serve as a cold weather shelter as the area experiences a mix of wintry conditions over the next few days. Officials say adults and families in need of shelter should report to The Salvation Army located at a 1600 N 23rd St. starting now through 8:00 p.m.; however, if space permits, extended hour check-in will be allowed.
COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to and will include a limit to the number of people and family units to allow social distancing. The Salvation Army will provide food.
A health screening for COVID-19 will be given during registration and the temperatures of those seeking shelter will be checked. Pets will not be allowed and individuals should bring all prescription medications and blankets, if they wish. For more information, call (956) 682-1468.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, located at 111 S. 15th St. in McAllen, will also continue to operate a cold weather shelter. This shelter will accept families and individuals, but not pets. Hours are 8:00 p.m. to 8 a.m. Call (956) 800-4427 for more information.
Residents without power are encouraged to contact their own electricity provider. For AEP of Texas, please call (866) 223-8508 and for Magic Valley Electric Company, please call (866) 225-5683. Residents should also help to conserve energy by setting thermostats to 68°F or lower; close blinds and curtains to avoid losing heat through windows; turn off non-essential lights and electronics; and avoid using large appliances.
Other helpful tips to keep in mind include:
The 4 Ps: Protect people, pets, pipes and plants
Bring in pets and plants and insulate backflow devices to avoid them freezing and breaking
Check with elderly relatives and neighbors
Keep face warm and continue to wear a face mask
Wear layers of clothes. Be sure kids are bundled up if they’re going to be outside.
Use extreme care with space heaters: keep away from flammable objects, do not connect to extension cords, and never use generators indoors, etc.