Austin Disaster Relief Network converts local churches to warming shelters

Freezing temperatures and power outages have left many Texans seeking shelter. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freezing temperatures and power outages have left many Texans seeking shelter. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Freezing temperatures and power outages have left many Texans seeking shelter. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated at Feb. 17, 4:44 p.m.: Promiseland Church located at 1054 E. 52st Str., Austin has been added to the list of warming shelters, according to an update from Austin Disaster Relief Network. Additionally, the sheltered hosted at Mosaic Church is no longer available.

As inclement weather and widespread electricity outages persist throughout the Central Texas region, thousands of residents have been left without power and the ability to heat their homes.

Icy conditions spurred additional challenges such as frozen or burst pipes, which have created unsafe conditions for families.

As of roughly 11 a.m. on Feb. 17, Austin Energy reported a total of 258 outages impacting 182,881 customers or 64.31% of the utility agency’s total customer base.

In light of an ice storm that occurred overnight, Austin Energy told customers it is now facing two emergency events creating additional outages throughout the city.

As a result of these conditions, warming centers have been established by the city of Austin within school campuses, among other facilities.

Austin and Travis County officials also reached out to the Austin Disaster Relief Network to operate additional warming shelters within the region’s churches, according to a Feb. 16 ADRN news release.

ADRN launched a webpage Feb. 16 that will be updated frequently regarding shelters, which will be open 24/7. Those seeking shelter are asked to bring a change of clothes, blankets, pillows, toiletries, food and water.

Several of the churches are accommodating families with pets as long as animals can be created throughout their stay, according to ADRN.

Church shelters:

The Austin Stone-Northwest Campus

1150 McNeil Road, Round Rock

Friendship Creekside

14455 FM 1826, Austin

Hope Chapel

1508 Ruth Ave., Austin

Mosaic Church

12675 Research Blvd., Austin

Point Community Church

11300 Old San Antonio Road, Manchaca

Hill Country Bible Church

12124 N. RM 620, Austin

University Ave Church of Christ

1903 University Ave., Austin

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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