WINTER WEATHER

2021 WINTER WEATHER: RESOURCES

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Local Warming Centers

Houston Responds is collecting information about Warming Centers throughout the Greater Houston area. We will be updating the list of Warming Centers as information comes in.

 

If you have information about a Warming Center to be added to the list, please email us at communications@houstonresponds.org. Please include as much information as possible (location name, address, phone number, hours of operation, website, etc...).

Ways to Engage Your Congregation

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Register your congregation for the Willing & Able program help our collective response to disasters throughout Greater Houston. 

1. Assist an Existing Warming Center

  • Find and contact your nearest Warming Center.

  • Best Practices for helping existing Warming Centers with supplies & volunteers

    • What are their greatest needs? Could be volunteers, food and water, or blankets. Contact your nearest shelter to find out their most needed supplies and needs.

    • What are some supplies that are needed? Blankets, masks, sanitizer, and chargers.

    • What types of volunteer roles are needed? Check-in, fielding incoming phone calls, COVID monitors, set-up and tear-down teams, runners for supplies, and more.

2. Volunteer with CrowdSource Rescue

  • CrowdSource Rescue is in great need of volunteers to help do the following:

    • ​Deliver generators and heating supplies to the most vulnerable.

    • Transport vulnerable seniors to hotel rooms

  • Register to volunteer with CrowdSource Rescue HERE.

3. Host a Warming Center or Charging Center

  • Before committing to host, make sure you have water and a generator through Friday in case power goes out.

  • Determine whether you will be open overnight (Warming Center) or just during the day (Charging Center).

  • Will you allow pets?

  • Require people to call ahead to “Reserve” a spot. It is recommended to have a dedicated person available for fielding calls. This is also a great time to ask about COVID so you can best prepare.

  • Having people call or text provides a more accurate estimate of how many people to expect than an online form.

  • Provide a list of what to bring and what not to bring to the Warming Center.

    • One bag per family, blankets, and pillows.

  • If your facility has power, contact your city about providing Porta-Potties.

  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Prepare socially distant tables. Each family has a table that will be disinfected once they leave.

  • Contact local restaurants to aid in supplying food. The use of individual to-go boxes can help with COVID precautions.

  • Reach out to your congregation for donations of cots, blowup mattresses, blankets, and pillows.