12/10/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2023 13:37
City partners with church to provide relief from cold
The City of Killeen has partnered with Liberty Christian Center, to provide an emergency, overnight warming center for those in need on Sunday, Dec. 10.
Liberty Christian Center (4107 Westcliff Road) will open to those in need at 8 p.m. today and will stay open overnight until 8 a.m. to provide shelter to those in need. If no one is utilizing the service by 11:30 p.m., then the warming center will close.
City warming centers are set up to offer temporary relief from the cold, so no beds or showers are provided. The City of Killeen's policy is to open a warming center if the temperature or wind chill factor is forecasted to fall below 32 degrees. After checking with the National Weather Service, the decision is made as early as possible, and no later than 3p.m. on the day an overnight center would be opened.
As a reminder, City of Killeen buildings are always open to the public and available for warming (and cooling off) during each facility's normal business hours. Those buildings include City Hall, libraries, the Recreation Center, Police Headquarters, etc. The city requires all community members and visitors at our public facilities to adhere to a code of conduct.
The City relies on partnering with organizations to operate warming and cooling centers, so if organizations like churches or community groups are able and willing to open their facilities and provide volunteers during the center's operational hours, they can contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at (254) 501-7706.
Stay up to date on our website, www.KilleenTexas.gov, social media platforms (www.Facebook.com/KilleenTexas) and by signing up for city alerts at www.killeentexas.gov/alertcenter. Receive additional updates for emergency information by signing up for the City's Emergency CODERED system at www.KilleenTexas.gov/ohsem.
All Texas residents can also check the Texas Department of Emergency Management webpage at https://tdem.texas.gov/warm for daily information on where a warming or cooling center is located anywhere in the state. It is updated daily.