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Posted on: February 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Warming Shelter

Warming Shelter

The REC of Grapevine (1175 Municipal Way) is now open as a Warming Shelter for the City. Please call one of the following two numbers for any questions: 817.410.4455 or 817.410.8127. 

It is unknown when power outages will be restored, or when additional outages are possible. Residents are warned to prepare for extended outages, and to take precautions to stay warm, including keeping families in one room, and ensuring doors and windows are secured with towels or blankets to prevent drafts. It is equally important to recognize the signs of hypothermia, and to monitor both relatives and neighbors who could be at risk. Those without power may not be aware of the Warming Shelter, and it is critical everyone helps spread the word to the entire community.

Elderly populations, and those with children and pets can be most at risk for hypothermia in cold conditions. While hypothermia is most likely in extreme cold, it can occur even above 40 degrees if a person becomes too chilled. Low body temperature affects the brain, making victims unable to think clearly, or move well. People suffering hypothermia may not realize it is happening, and will not be able to do anything about it. Here are signs to look for when checking on neighbors (and if you notice any of these, call 911):

Exhaustion or feeling very tired
Fumbling hands
Memory loss
Slurred speech
bright red, cold skin
very low energy

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from those calling in about the Warming Shelter. Please do not hesitate to seek help for yourself or others.

Are you following any covid protocols?  Families are asked to remain socially distanced from others, and masks are mandatory.

How long will the shelter be open?  We are still working to determine timeframes, and will remain open as long as there is a need.

What about food?  Families are encouraged to bring food/snacks to the warming shelter.

What about pets?  Families can bring their pets, but are asked to have them in a crate or kennel if possible, and to also bring food and water for their animals.

What time is the shelter closing?  The shelter will be open as long as people don’t have a safe alternative.

Can people leave and come back?  Yes

Is WiFi available so they can check on power updates?  Not at this time - we are running on a generator but that may change. 

How many people can be in the shelter at once?  Approximately 60, but we will not turn anyone away.

What happens if it reaches capacity?  We will work to find other facilities. 

How can people get to the shelter if they are afraid to drive?  We can assist residents needing transportation. 

Should people try to drive to the shelter?  If they are able and feel comfortable, that would be best and allow us to utilize our resources for those that don’t have transportation. 

Do people need to bring blankets?  We are working on supplying the shelter but anything that can be brought from home would be helpful.

What are the sleeping arrangements?  We have a limited number of cots available, and are bringing in mats for additional families. Women and children will sleep in one area, while men will sleep in another.

Can people use the showers at The REC?  Yes the showers are operational. We do not have towels but all showers have soap/shampoo etc in the locker rooms.

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