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Salvation Army, Catholic Charities serve as cold weather shelters

The Salvation Army, located at a 1600 N 23rd St. in McAllen, will serve as a cold weather shelter as the area experiences a mix of wintry conditions over the next few days.

Local weather officials advise the area will see steadily dropping temperatures this weekend and into next week with possible freezing drizzle and hazardous wind chill values.

Officials say adults and families in need of shelter should report to The Salvation Army located at a 1600 N 23rd St. starting now through 8:00 p.m.; however, if space permits, extended hour check-in will be allowed.

COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to and will include a limit to the number of people and family units to allow social distancing. The Salvation Army will provide food.

A health screening for COVID-19 will be given during registration and the temperatures of those seeking shelter will be checked.

Pets will not be allowed and individuals should bring all prescription medications and blankets, if they wish.

For more information, call (956) 682-1468.

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, located at 111 S. 15th St. in McAllen will be operating a cold weather shelter beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021. This shelter will accept families and individuals, but not pets. Hours are 8:00 p.m. to 8 a.m. Call 800-4427 for more information.

Other helpful tips to keep in mind include:

• The 4 Ps: Protect people, pets, pipes and plants

• Bring in pets and plants and insulate backflow devices to avoid them freezing and breaking

Check with elderly relatives and neighbors

• Keep face warm and continue to wear a face mask

• Wear layers of clothes. Be sure kids are bundled up if they’re going to be outside.

• Use extreme care with space heaters (keep away from flammable objects, do not connect to extension cords, and never use generators indoors, etc.

To view a space heater safety PSA click here: https://youtu.be/BVh-Vu_12dqk_

Press release courtesy of the City of McAllen

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