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Posted on: January 14, 2024

CITY OF BROWNSVILLE PREPARES FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER AND URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (January 14, 2024) – The City of Brownsville service departments are ready to respond and assist the community during the expected arctic cold front and City leaders are asking residents to make the necessary preparations now prior to the cold weather arriving in South Texas, this Monday.

 

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s and 20s in some areas of the Rio Grande Valley, including Brownsville, during the morning hours of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

“These temperatures present a possibility of dangerous conditions for those not prepared for the cold weather,” said Brownsville Mayor John Cowen, Jr. “As a City, we want to ensure that our residents, their pets, businesses, and everyone, is ready to endure the expected frigid conditions. This means taking safety precautions now, including measures at home and for businesses.”

 

“Our City service departments are working together and are partnering with external agencies, such as Brownsville Public Utilities Board (PUB), Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) that provide people with services, resources, knowledge and understanding,” said Helen Ramirez, AICP, Brownsville City Manager. “The type of winter temperatures we expect can be unsafe for those who do not prepare or have the means to prepare. Our number one goal is safety for our community.”

 

The City of Brownsville service departments ready to lead support efforts, include the City Manager’s Office, Office of Emergency Management, Brownsville Fire Department, Brownsville Police Department, Engineering and Public Works, Internal Services, Multimodal Transportation and Brownsville Metro, Parks and Recreation, Brownsville Public Library, and Communications and Marketing, among others.

 

City Services Hotline

 

The City of Brownsville’s Internal Services Department has operators on stand-by to answer questions and provide assistance to callers regarding City services. Residents may call the City of Brownsville’s Support Center at (956) 546-HELP (4357).

 

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport

 

The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is currently operating business as usual. Should there be any changes in operation due to the expected inclement weather, notifications will be released to the public on the City’s on-line platforms, including the City’s website (www.BrownsvilleTx.gov) and social media.

 

Those expecting to travel between Sunday and Wednesday are encouraged to download their airline service provider’s mobile app to their mobile phone, so they may track any last-minute changes or cancellations of their travel plans.

 

Electric Power Services

 

The City of Brownsville is partnered with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (PUB) to deliver timely messaging to residents should there be a power outage to those serviced by the local utility company.

 

Brownsville PUB is communicating to its customers that any service outages be reported to them directly on their website at https://assist.brownsville-pub.com/.

   

In an Emergency

 

The City of Brownsville’s emergency services departments are on stand-by, ready to protect and serve the residents and businesses of Brownsville. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

 

In addition, City officials have compiled the following action items to help residents through the expected inclement weather conditions.

 

At Home

 

To safely endure the cold weather, it is recommended that you make the following preparations at home.

 

  • Have extra food and water available, including edible items that do not require cooking or refrigeration.
  • Baby supplies such as diapers and formula.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Extra prescription medication.
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio (Brownsville Frequency: 162.550 | Brownsville Same Code: 048061) and portable radio to receive emergency information, if possible.
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove or space heater properly ventilated to prevent a fire.
  • Refuel your vehicle before you are empty.
  • Review generator safety: never run a generator in an enclosed space.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris.
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms at once to ensure they work properly.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets.

 

The City of Brownsville’s Office of Emergency Management reminds you to:

 

  • Turn down thermostats to 68 – degrees, if possible.
  • Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.).
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing.

 

City of Brownsville leaders and emergency management officials continue to monitor the weather situation and will provide communication as warranted. Stay informed. Follow the City of Brownsville on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BTxRGV/) and Instagram (www. https://www.instagram.com/btxrgv/)

 

For media inquiries, please contact the City of Brownsville’s Communications and Marketing Director, Manny Chacon, at (956) 556-1811.

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