You can't stop the cold front that swept San Antonio, but you can do something warm for a neighbor.
Here are some places you can donate clothing or blankets and some tips on protecting pipes and plants. Please let us know what else to add to the list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Haven For Hope needs blankets, men's jackets and underwear. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m, to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Haven For Hope campus at 1 Haven For Hope Way. (Posted at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday)
- The Salvation Army is seeking donations of "small, easy to carry snacks" for people who are staying at their shelters. The shelters, located at 226 Nolan (a shelter for men) and 521 West Elmira Street (a shelter for women and families), are being kept open 24 hours for the immediate future, said Annalisa Hernandez of The Salvation Army. The snacks will be handed out to sheltergoers who are staying and who wish to leave the facility. (Posted at 3:53 p.m., Wednesday)
- Burlington Coat Factory is having a coat drive right now. Anybody donating a gently used coat at any of the four San Antonio locations will receive a coupon for 10 percent off on a future purchase. Thanks for the tip, SAMMinistries.
- Inner City Development is accepting donations of blankets, socks and underwear any day from 9 a.m. to noon at their offices at 1300 Chihuahua Street. Thanks for the tip, Tanya (Sammis & Ochoa).
- The San Antonio Water System has tips on how to protect your pipes, watering systems and plants.
- The San Antonio Fire Department has tips on how to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, the fire department offers free smoke detectors for single-family homes. This is a good time to make sure your detectors are properly installed and have good batteries. Also, this is as good a time as any to make sure you own one. Thanks to KSAT meteorologist John Honoré for the reminder.
- Ben Hubbert of Champion AC has more tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Here's some information from CPS Energy about how to respond to the rolling brownouts happening during the severe weather.
(Photo taken Feb. 2, 2011 by Andrew Delgado)