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City of Tyler opens warming centers for residents without power, heat

The City says residents should wear a face mask and practice social distancing when at the centers.

TYLER, Texas — City of Tyler officials and faith organizations have come together to open warming centers across the city for residents without power.

Residents are reminded that warming centers are not medical facilities and not equipped to deal with medical emergencies.

Residents should call the warming center before making plans to relocate.

  • Bethel Baptist Church, located at 504 W. 32nd St., will open today at 5 p.m. and will be open overnight. Contact: Ricky Garner at (903) 312-0734. Tyler Fire is providing 50 cots at this facility. 
  • Shiloh Road Church of Christ, located at 1801 Shiloh Rd - in the Gym behind the main church - is open now and will be open overnight.
  • Kingdom Church located at 1818 N. Confederate Ave. Open now and plan to remain open overnight and through tomorrow. Contact Darrius Harris at (903) 636-3275. Unable to accommodate pets.
  • Green Acres Baptist Church located at 1607 Troup Hwy. Open noon until 6 p.m.
  • Dayspring United Methodist Church at 310 W. Cumberland Rd., will open at noon today.  This warming center will have room for up to 100 residents. Contact Pastor Rusty McKee to let him know you are coming: (832)-967-8988. Pets can come into the warming center if they are inside a portable kennel.
  • St. Louis Baptist Church at 4000 Frankston Highway, Contact Pastor Caraway (903) 561- 2167 No pets are allowed.
  • Grace Community Church - Old Jacksonville Campus, 3315 Old Jacksonville Highway.  Contact Stephen Wickliffe at (903) 216-9651. No pets are allowed.
  • Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway Avenue, (903) 592-4361
  • Highway 80 Rescue Mission, 601 E. Valentine St., (903) 363-9265

UPDATE: The City of Tyler and NDMJ, LLC have suspended free transit service to warming centers until Friday. Road conditions remain hazardous and are predicted to deteriorate overnight. The City is asking residents to avoid all non-essential driving immediately. 

Residents should wait until morning to access warming centers. Residents should call 911 in the case of an emergency or contact the Tyler Police Department non-emergency number at (903) 531-1000 for safety checks and assistance. 

Residents should bring food, snacks, face masks, clothes, blankets, medications, diapers, formula, and other essential items with them to the warming center.

The City says residents should wear a face mask and practice social distancing when at the centers.

Please use caution while driving to the centers. 

Traffic signals could still be without power. Treat a "dark" traffic signal like a four-way stop – each vehicle comes to a complete stop and takes its turn going through the intersection.

Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.

en their doors as a warming center should call Fire Chief David Coble at (903) 521-8200.

A local BBQ restaurant is opening their doors as a shelter from the frigid winter weather.

Poke In Da Eye World Championship BBQ & Catering, located at 11811 SH 64 in Tyler, is offering shelter and food for those who are in need.

"We have power for now at our barn, if you have lost power and need a place to stay warm, come on down, we have room for bunches," the restaurant said on Facebook. "If you cant get out, call me at 832-474-987. I have 4-wheel drive will come get ya."