HOUSTON -- The City of Houstonactivated its Emergency Operations CenterThursday in response to a long stretch of frigid temperatures.

Houston Mayor Annise Parkerheld a news conference to update residents on the city's efforts to prepare for the weather.

According to Parker spokesperson Janice Evans, city leaders have decided not to open so-called warming centers because homeless shelters still have some capacity remaining. She said that may change, depending on how cold it gets and how many people seek shelter.

In addition, METRO officials were deciding at midday how they could use buses and shuttles to help people find warm places to stay.

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