Central Texas: Where to shelter, eat and drink

As severe winter weather batters Texas, millions are without power, and many without water. This is a list of resources for shelter, food and supplies.

Note: Central Texans are asked to stay home unless absolutely necessary. 

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1. 

Travis County

Church shelters: The shelters are open 24 hours. Bring a change of clothes, toiletries, pillows, blankets, bed mats, extra dry food, water, etc. 

  • Mosaic Church (Northwest Austin, Barrington Oaks, Jollyville)                                              12675 Research Blvd Austin, TX 78759  *No pet accommodations
  • Point Community Church (San Leanna, Manchaca)  11300 Old San Antonio Road Manchaca, TX 78652 * Pets must be crated 
  • Promiseland Church (Mueller, Windsor Park, Wilshire Wood)  1504 E 51st Street Austin, TX 78723
  • Friendship Creekside Fellowship (Bear Creek)  14455 FM 1826 Austin, TX 78737 *Pets must be crated.
  • University Ave Church of Christ (UT Austin) 1903 University Ave. Austin, TX 78705 *Pets must be crated.
  • Hope Chapel (Abercrombie)  1508 Ruth Ave. Austin, TX 78757 *Pets must be crated.
  • Hill Country Bible Church (North Austin, Cedar Park)  12124 Ranch Road 620 N. Austin, TX 78750 *Pets must be crated. 

Food and clothing: 

  • Austin Free Fridge Project at Nixta Taqueria (East Cesar Chavez, Holly, East End)  2512 E 12th St. Austin, TX 78702
  • Austin Free Fridge Project at Unit C (East Cesar Chavez, Holly, East End)  1710 E 2nd St. Austin, TX 78702
  • Austin Free Fridge Project (Dove Springs) 6710 Ripple Run Austin, TX 78744

Deep Eddy Vodka, Kendra Scott, Ranch Rider, Red Bull, and Bumble are partnering with Central Texas restaurants to distribute free hot meals. Businesses posting daily updates sharing location and time of food distribution on social media. 


  • Austin Disaster Relief Network Phone: (512) 428-6322, Hotline: (512) 806-0800) Email: coaemergencyrides@austintexas.gov with your name, phone number, address, medical needs, and the number of people needing transportation and any medical needs.
  • Bob Nicks, a battalion chief for the Austin Fire Department and president of the Austin Firefighters Association has organized a group of firefighters to help transport people to warming shelters. Nicks is asking those in need of a ride to contact him on his personal cell phone: 512-217-3474 
  • Call 3-1-1 

City of Austin Shelter: The shelter is open 24 hours. "Individuals in the warming centers will be eligible to be transported to shelters in the evening on request."  

AISD Warming Shelters: These shelters are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Lee Elementary School (Hancock) 3308 Hampton Road Austin, TX 78705
  • Murchison Middle School (Northwest Hills)  3700 N. Hills Drive Austin, TX 78731
  • Joslin Elementary School (Westgate, South Manchaca)  4500 Menchaca Road Austin, TX 78745
  • Reilly Elementary School (Highland, Brentwood, Abercrombie)  405 Denson Drive Austin, TX 78752 
  • Barrington Elementary School  400 Cooper Drive Austin, TX 78753



Williamson County and surrounding cities

Church shelters: The shelters are open 24 hours. Please bring a change of clothes, toiletries, pillows, blankets, bed mats, extra dry food, water, etc. if you plan to stay at one.  

  • Twin Lakes Fellowship (Cedar Park) 1150 S Bell Blvd.  Cedar Park, TX 78613  *Pets must be crated 
  • The Austin Stone (Round Rock)  1150 McNeil Rd. Round Rock, TX 78681
  • Hill Country Bible Church (North Austin, Cedar Park)  12124 Ranch Road 620 N. Austin, TX 78750 *Pets must be crated. 

Warming Centers: Most centers are open 24 hours. They are not equipped for overnight stays. Bring warm clothing, food, water and chargers.

  • Georgetown Recreation Center (Georgetown)  1003 N. Austin Ave  Georgetown, TX 78626 *Pets must be crated. 
  • Leander High School (Leander, Cedar Park)  3301 S Bagdad Rd  Leander, TX 78641 *Pets must be crated. 
  • Hill Country Bible Church Lakeline (Cedar Park)   3300 Little Elm Trail  Cedar Park, TX  *Pets must be crated. 


  • Austin Disaster Relief Network Phone: (512) 428-6322, Hotline: (512) 806-0800)

Taylor ISD shelter will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 17 - 19. The center does not have food or blankets or overnight capacity. The Center will be following COVID-19 protocols, so masks and social distancing will be required. Some local businesses are donating bottled water to the center. If your business would like to donate water, please contact the City of Taylor on social media. 

  • Taylor ISD Administrative Building (Taylor)  Adjacent to Main Street Intermediate School at:  3101 Main Street Taylor, TX 

Hays County

Cold Weather Shelter: The county is asking residents to call shelters before arriving to ensure there is ample space. Residents must bring sleeping gear. 

  • H.O.M.E. Center The center may help connect you with a hotel room. You may also leave a voicemail or send a text as the "H.O.M.E. Center is receiving many calls at this time."  Phone number: 512-270-8344 Email: homecentertx@gmail.com Donations:  Venmo @home-center (use 1732 as the phone digits to confirm) Pay-Pal homecentertx@gmail.com
  • Southside Community Center (San Marcos)  518 S Guadalupe St. San Marcos, TX 512-557-0795 To donate visit this link
  • Salvation Army (San Marcos)  300 S CM Allen Parkway, Ste. 100 San Marcos, TX 512-938-2596 Donations – visit this link
  • Hays Hills Baptist Church (Buda)  1401 N Farm to Market 1626 Buda, TX 512-295-3132 or 512-845-3864
  • Dripping Spring United Methodist (Dripping Springs)  28900 RR 12 Dripping Springs, TX 512-894-7123
  • Kyle United Methodist Church (Kyle)  408 W Lockhart St, Kyle, TX 512-415-6708
  • Westover Baptist Church (San Marcos)  1310 Advance St.  San Marcos, TX 78666 512-214-2258
  • First Baptist Church of Wimberley (Wimberley) 15951 Winters Mill Pkwy Wimberley, TX 432-634-2364

Food and clothing:  

  • "The Hays CISD Little Hope Box is full of food for anyone that might need it. They also put scarves/gloves in the box."  3839B E.FM 150 (Next to Simon Middle School) Kyle, TX


  • Austin Disaster Relief Network Phone: (512) 428-6322, Hotline: (512) 806-0800)

Gillespie County

Warming Center: 

  • Fredericksburg Elementary School  608 N Adams St  Fredricksburg, TX 78624

Caldwell County

Warming Center: 

  • Calvary Chapel  204 North Main St Lockhart, TX 78644 Center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Burnet County

Emergency Shelter: Open 24 hours. *Pets are not allowed. Please bring blankets and or sleeping bags. 

  • First United Methodist Church  1191 Bluebonnet Dr.  Marble Falls, TX78654  Contact: Laura Dingman, City of Marble Falls at 830-613-8471 
  • Hill Country Fellowship Church 200 Houston Clinton Dr.  Burnet, TX 78611  Contact: Deputy Chief JJ Miller, Burnet Fire Department at 512-756-2662 (station number) 

Lee County and City of Giddings

Shelter and warming station: The shelter is open 24 hours. Please use the main entrance.  

  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office  2122 FM 448 Giddings, TX 78942 


  • If self-transport is not possible please call 979-716-8566 or 979-540-2700 

Central Texas



This article was last updated at 11:16 a.m. CT on February 18.

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