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Mayor Issues Disaster Declaration, City Opens 24-Hour Emergency Shelter

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Emergency Shelter to Supplement Existing Stations and Shelters During Winter Weather Event

DENTON, TX, Feb. 1, 2022 – On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Mayor Gerard Hudspeth signed a declaration of local disaster for the winter weather event that is anticipated to arrive in Denton overnight on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and last through the weekend. This declaration will allow the City to take actions under our emergency management plan.

Central to the declaration is the opening of a 24-hour emergency shelter at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center (1300 Wilson St.) beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The MLK, Jr. emergency shelter will be operated by the City of Denton and is available to any person in need of refuge due to the hazardous weather currently being forecast. This may include stranded motorists, residents that have lost electricity or other critical services in their homes, or persons experiencing homelessness.

To leverage available resources in opening this 24-hour shelter, the City has made changes in the availability of some City-offered warming stations.  Warming stations available once the emergency shelter opens are as follows:

  • Emily Fowler Central Library (502 Oakland St.) is available Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Central Fire Station (332 E. Hickory St.) is available Mon.-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All other Fire Stations are available for restrooms, hand washing, and water fountain access only daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The MLK, Jr. emergency shelter will have restrooms, seating, water, pre-packaged snack food, and basic sanitary items available. COVID-19 precautions will be in place, with hand sanitizer and face coverings provided for use. As a 24-hour emergency shelter, the facility will provide cots for anyone needing to remain at the shelter overnight and will accept any animals that accompany their owners; however, they may need to remain in a City-provided kennel within the facility.

During the winter weather event, roads may be hazardous, and residents are encouraged to stay home where possible. The City will not be accepting donations or requesting volunteers from the public for its emergency shelter. For those kindly wishing to donate during this time, the City asks that they contact Monsignor King Outreach Center, Our Daily Bread, Salvation Army, or any other local service provider to find a safe means of giving.

The declaration of disaster is effective at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and lasts until the winter weather event has concluded.   The City will resume its normal warming station operations upon the closure of the emergency shelter.

See the declaration for more information. Visit www.cityofdenton.com/winterweather for additional updates.

The community is encouraged to stay up to date on the forecasted winter weather event by signing up for emergency notifications, following the City’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and visiting www.cityofdenton.com/winterweather.

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