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Posted on: February 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City of Denton Opens 24-Hour Emergency Shelter

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

DENTON, TX, Feb. 22, 2022 – In anticipation of extreme temperatures later this week, the City of Denton is opening of a 24-hour emergency shelter at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center (1300 Wilson St.) beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25 at noon. 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.

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.

 Additional City facilities will be open and available as warming stations during regular business hours. For a complete list of warming stations, visit

During the winter weather event, roads may be hazardous, and residents are encouraged to use extreme caution when driving. 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 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  

Contact: Stuart Birdseye, (940) 349-8009, [email protected]


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