In addition to a safe place for people to sleep, the Red Cross is also provide meals, emotional care and connections to community resources.
The following six locations are open as of Monday night.
Fulton Community Church
Leon Grayson Community Center
National Association of Christian Churches
(This is run by a Red Cross partner)
Forge for Families
Orange Church of God
Baptist Church of Nederland
Friendswood Public Library
The library will be open as a cooling and charging center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For Houstonians who have lost power, the City of Houston will have locations open for residents to charge their devices and take advantage of some air-conditioning. The following four multi-service locations will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
If you're looking for immediate help, Red Cross officials encourage you to start by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). You can also download the free Red Cross Emergency app for a full list of shelter locations.
Late Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said Nicholas strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane ahead of its expected landfall.
The hurricane had top sustained winds of 75 mph and was located about 45 miles southwest of Freeport.
The American Press contributed to this report.