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Posted on: June 26, 2023

City partners with Moss Rose, Friends in Crisis to open cooling centers

Facilities are open to the public for cool air, respite from extreme heat

KILLEEN, Texas (June 26, 2023) – The City of Killeen Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has partnered with community organizations to open cooling centers to help those in our community stay cool and hydrated.

The Killeen Housing Authority’s Moss Rose Center (1103 East Avenue E) will be open on Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29 from 12p.m. - 5 p.m., offering an air-conditioned environment, water and a meal to anyone who needs it.

The Friends in Crisis Shelter (412 East Sprott Street) is already open daily, but will begin their intake process any day the forecasted mid-day temperatures are above 100 degrees, opening at 1p.m. and remaining open overnight, as usual. The shelter closes every morning after breakfast (about 7a.m.) to allow staff an opportunity to deep clean the facility.

As a reminder, City of Killeen buildings are always open to the public and available for cooling off during each facility’s normal business hours. Those buildings include City Hall, libraries, the Recreation Center, Police Headquarters, etc.

Citizens who would like to donate water, can drop it off at any Killeen Fire Station and let them know it is for the cooling centers. City Staff will work to distribute those donations. 

For any non-water donations, please call the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management first to see what is needed at (254) 501-7706.

All questions can be directed to the City of Killeen Communications Department at (254) 501-7755.

The Friends in Crisis Shelter’s contact is (254) 245-8269.

All Texas residents can also check the Texas Department of Emergency Management webpage at for daily information on where a cooling or warming center is located anywhere in the state. It is updated daily.

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