Mission and Edinburg are among many Valley cities acting to prepare and aid citizens with protection and resources from the upcoming cold front.
The City of Mission will be opening a warming shelter to its citizens who need a place to stay during this intense cold front. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s in the coming week. If you need a warm place to stay, look no further.
The shelter will be open to the public from Saturday Feb. 13th at 3 p.m. until Tuesday Feb. 16th at 10 a.m. The shelter will open at the Mission Parks and Recreation building located at 721 N. Bryan Road.
Residents planning on staying at the shelter are asked to pack a blanket, pillow, medication, personal identification, toiletry items and snacks. The shelter will be adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. Face masks are required and coronavirus screenings will be used for guests, as well as temperature checks and screenings. Expanded space will be available as social distancing is enforced.
For more information, please call (956) 580-8614.
Citizens of Edinburg are given tips to stay safe and warm during these cold temperatures as well as a shelter of their own that they can visit if needed.
During Thursday’s 3 p.m. community update, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and Fire Chief Shawn Snider provided tips on how to stay warm.
“It’s important to remember your P’s: people, pipes, pets and plants,” said Molina, explaining the prioritization of keeping family members, pets and plants safe from the cold.
Families are advised to layer their clothing and bring in any outdoor pets if able. Insulation coverings are recommended for pipes so that they don’t freeze and burst. Pipe insulation can be purchased at any local hardware store. Plants are to be brought inside, but can also be covered with a cloth to be protected from the frost if they are in-ground.
Fire Chief Snider then spoke about the importance of heaters and how to effectively use them.
“We want to encourage everybody to take a look at their heaters and check them out,” said Snider. “Make sure that they are fully functional and safe.”
Heaters of all kinds, including electric, central and propane, should be inspected by a certified plumber if they have been inactive for over a year to make sure the heater is functioning as it should. Snider pressed that all heaters should be turned off before sleeping, and should be placed in the center of a room and away from fire hazards, such as carpets, curtains or bedding fabric.
“One of the areas where people end up getting in trouble is when people don’t put them in the right place,” said Snider. “That is a recipe for disaster.”
Alternative means of heating, such as turning on a stove, opening the oven door, using charcoal, firewood and candles are not effective in extending heat throughout the home.
“Those are not designed for heating. . . you can get those elements to short out or create too much heat . . . and set a fire.” warned Snider.
Snider went on to say that burning charcoal, wood, propane and natural gas can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal.
“If you have natural gas or propane operated appliances, you need to have a carbon monoxide detector,” advised Snider, before accentuating some final advice. “We ask you to please consider layering.”
The City of Edinburg has one shelter in place at the American Red Cross in McAllen, TX, and those who are in need of shelter can call (956)540-6335.