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WATCH: City bracing for expected frigid weather forecast here

City leaders meet to discuss upcoming cold weather
Posted at 10:10 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 16:02:00-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — City officials are aware of the frigid temperatures and potential for freezing rain and sleet forecast for our area early next week.

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. to detail some of the city's plans. We'll have the livestream here.

The city is working on an emergency management plan to address issues such as individuals and pets in need of shelter and utilities.

As of Tuesday, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and City Manager Peter Zanoni started preparations to implement Corpus Christi's severe cold and inclement weather protocols.

Measures will be in place to ensure proper and safe city services in public safety, transportation, water, homelessness, animal care, aviation services and construction.

The city is working with multiple local homeless agencies to ensure shelter, food, blankets and clothing are provided for those in need during the severe cold and inclement weather.

The Salvation Army has been identified as the lead agency in providing emergency shelter. If the Salvation Army exhausts its intake accommodations, individuals will be referred by the Salvation Army to other shelters expanding their intake.

The City also is working on an operational plan to offer daytime warming centers within the city limits. More details on the warming centers will be provided no later than Friday as the weather forecast becomes more apparent.

The City already has contacted the Corpus Christi National Weather Service for continuous daily weather forecasts and has scheduled recurring updates into next week.

Additionally, the City has also contacted numerous state and local agencies, including the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Transportation, the Port of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, AEP of Texas, the Corpus Christi Council of Governments, the Downtown Management District, Christus Spohn Hospital System, the Robstown Fire Department and the American Red Cross for preparation.