Short-term Shelters Closing Saturday at 10 a.m.
Hundreds of people provided refuge from freezing temperatures
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Hundreds of residents were able to escape the frigid temperatures that blasted our city this week thanks to two emergency short-term shelters set up as a place for people to stay warm until conditions improved.
In all, 194 people were accommodated at the FEMA Dome Del Mar College and FEMA Dome in Calallen. 14 volunteers worked at the short-term shelters and nearly 3,000 meals were provided to patrons.
Here is a timeline of the City’s shelter operations:
- On Saturday, February 13, the City of Corpus Christi, in partnership with the American Red Cross, Mother Teresa Shelter, and the Gulf Coast Humane Society opened the first shelter at the American Bank Center. But two days later the shelter had to close because it lost power due to the sever winter storm which rolled in Sunday night.
- On Monday, February 15, the Corpus Christi Fire Department and Parks and Recreation Department transferred 130 people from the American Bank Center to the FEMA Dome located at the Del Mar College - West Campus.
- By Tuesday, February 16, the shelter was full and could not accept additional guests, so a second location was opened at the FEMA Dome in Calallen located at 4001 Wildcat Drive.
- All shelter patrons had to follow the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 protocols including temperature checks upon entry, mandatory faces masks and strict social distancing.
Both shelters will close Saturday, February 20 at 10 a.m.