Late Sunday, the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) activated its Emergency Operations Center to prepare for the potential to receive 1,500 evacuees from Houston due to extreme flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
“Our hearts and thoughts during this catastrophe are with our fellow Texans, especially those in Houston. Our City Manager has kept me updated on the incoming requests. We have activated our Emergency Operations Center to provide relief and support to those in need,” said Mayor Dee Margo.
The request came through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. OEM is coordinating with all the appropriate agencies. Should evacuees arrive they will be relocated to an appropriate shelter(s). At this point, El Paso is preparing to house evacuees but their arrival has not yet been confirmed.
“We stand ready to assist our neighbors and have full confidence in our First Responders, City staff and partners to assist with this state disaster,” City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said. “El Paso has always been a very welcoming community and should it be necessary, we are prepared to receive our guests as family.”
City Departments are mobilized and will track all costs. Red Cross is the lead in setting up all the logistics for all shelters.
Additionally, the El Paso Fire Department through the Texas Taskforce 1 has sent six divers and a rescue boat to assist in Houston.