Austin school district adds warming centers to shelters available in the area
6 p.m. update: The Austin school district on Tuesday said two more campuses have been made available as warming centers.
The centers, are available to families, and will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to school officials.
- Lee Elementary, 3308 Hampton Rd. Austin, TX 78705
- Murchison Middle School, 3700 N Hills Dr. Austin, TX 78731
The City of Austin and Austin ISD have also opened the following facilities to families:
- 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 78752
- Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Road, Del Valle, TX 78617
Austin leaders earlier on Tuesday said space inside the city's cold weather shelters is limited and asked residents to stay home if possible to reserve the buildings for the most vulnerable in Travis County.
"We must preserve these limited spaces for those who are vulnerable or have medical conditions," a statement from Austin leaders said Tuesday afternoon.
City officials said people can call 311 to request rides to warm centers and shelters from Austin police officers.
Capital Metro tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it has suspended s operations, and are currently working with Austin city officials to help provide rides to cold weather shelters, as well as other winter storm-related emergencies.
Officials on Tuesday urged Austin residents who still had power to limit energy consumption as much as possible, such as turning thermostats down to 68 degrees and turning off lighting and electronics.
“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 in Tuesday's statement. “Try to stay warm by remaining in one room and wearing multiple loose-fitting layers of clothing.”
This is a developing story; check back to the American-Statesman for updates.