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City Not Receiving Hurricane Harvey Evacuees

The City-County’s Emergency Management Coordinator was contacted by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and advised El Paso will not be receiving any evacuees at this time.

“I am impressed and thankful to the El Paso community for their generosity and concern for their fellow Texans,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “I know we will continue to assist in any way we can.”

The City of El Paso and its partners continue to assist with emergency relief efforts from the devastating flooding in Southeast Texas and were prepared to receive evacuees since first being notified of the potential need for assistance.

“I am proud and grateful of City staff and all of the area partners for how prepared they all were during this time,” stated City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “El Paso really demonstrated their “can do” attitude by stepping up in a big way with fundraising efforts and their readiness to help.”

TDEM stated they were appreciative of El Paso stepping up and being ready to help, but the situation seems to be calming down and there is plenty of room in the shelters that have been setup.

The City will continue to track all costs related to personnel who have been deployed in order to receive reimbursement from the State.

City of El Paso Continues to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The City of El Paso and its partners continue to assist with emergency relief efforts from the devastating flooding in Southeast Texas.

At this point, El Paso is preparing to house evacuees but their arrival has not yet been confirmed. Emergency Management has not yet confirmed the temporary shelter locations as they are pending information related to the needs of evacuees.

In response to the disaster the El Paso community has:

  • Deployed:
    • Six El Paso Fire Department divers, a rescue boat and two marked ton trucks to various Southeast Texas communities
    • Two El Paso Fire Department paramedics to the Houston area
    • Thirty-six officers, four sergeants, one lieutenant, 11 unmarked patrol vehicles, 2 marked police trucks, one unmarked ¾ ton truck, and one 25-foot utility trailer to assist with security at temporary shelters in Houston area
    • Six El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies with vehicles and a boat to Houston area
    • The BorderRAC ambulance strike team and mobile hospital to Southeast Texas
    • Three El Paso Constables with patrol vehicles to Southeast Texas
    • Five Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team members and a trailer to Galveston
    • Fifty-four U.S. Border Patrol Agents to Corpus Christi
    • Ten Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to Southeast Texas
    • Twenty-five special agents from El Paso’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rapid Response Team to Houston with 10 heavy-duty trucks and trailers where they will coordinate with other response teams

 

  • Assisted through the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network (TIRN) and the City’s Health Department with receiving 2-1-1 calls from throughout the state related to emergency relief

Additionally, Texas Gas Service and El Paso Electric are on standby to deploy to assist with emergency relief efforts.

The El Paso community has shown its support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey by expressing their eagerness to donate to the relief efforts. We thank the community for their support and donations, but at this time monetary donations are being encouraged by many of the relief organizations.

American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are encouraging monetary donations because supply vehicles are having difficulty reaching the affected area. Monetary donations allow relief organizations to directly address current and future needs.

The Salvation Army’s focus is feeding evacuees and first responders. The American Red Cross is concentrating on necessary supplies and needs for the shelters.

It is also important to note that donations cannot be received at any City of El Paso facility.

Emergency officials are also asking those interested in volunteering to not self-deploy but volunteer locally with relief agencies.

HOW TO DONATE:

American Red Cross

Monetary – https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot

Salvation Army

Monetary – https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=27651&mfc_pref=T&27651.donation=form1

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger

Monetary – http://elpasoansfightinghunger.org     |    Items – 9541 Plaza Circle, El Paso, TX 79927

 

HOW TO DONATE TO ANIMAL-RELATED RELIEF EFFORTS:  

Best Friends Animal Society    Monetary – https://bestfriends.org/hurricaneharvey

Human Society of the United States:  Monetary – https://goo.gl/nbMByY

How to Get (and Offer) Help After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey …

Rescue and evacuation

  • If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets.
  • Several counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations over the past several days. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping a running list of those counties on his website. Keep in mind, the director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts has warned people in flooded regions not to get into their cars, which could put more lives at risk and drain resources that could be used to rescue citizens elsewhere.

Shelter and relief

  • The U.S. Department of Education activated its emergency response contact center Tuesday. Education stakeholders seeking informational resources and relief from Department-based administrative requirements are encouraged to email HarveyRelief@ed.gov.
  • Following reports that several Texans are missing in midst of the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging people to list themselves and their families as safe by clicking here. You can also receive disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.
  • Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.
  • To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
  • For those looking for refuge, Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.
  • Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • Harris County: Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.
  • Victoria: Grocery store H-E-B has a host of emergency measures in place, including a mobile kitchen serving meals today in Victoria.
  • Dallas: Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Monday that the city will start receiving people flown out of the flooded region this afternoon. The city will also open three emergency evacuation shelters at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Tommie Allen Recreation Center.
  • San Antonio: Several shelters are open for storm refugees, according to the governor’s website. Both San Antonio Shelter Hub and San Antonio’s American Red Cross Shelter are hosting those who have evacuated from the floods.
  • Austin: The Austin Disaster Relief Network also activated a call center to provide both resources and information to families impacted by the storm. You can reach that hotline at 512-806-0800.

Disaster recovery

  • Lost Dogs of Texas is maintaining several active Facebook pages documenting pets they’ve found amid the storm. Here is some information (with photos included) on animals found along the Coast Bend area and those in the Houston area.
  • Also, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $10 million National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in Texas.
  • If your home was ravaged by the floods or sustained any storm damage, you can register your damage with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
  • You can also file a personal claim with the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer hotline at 1-800-252-3439.

If you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey …

Help with rescue efforts

Provide shelter and supplies

  • Food banks are asking for nonperishable staples like canned meat and dry goods, as well as cleaning supplies; the Houston Food BankSoutheast Texas Food Bankin Beaumont, Central Texas Food BankGalveston County Food BankFood Bank of the Golden Crescent and Corpus Christi Food Bank all accept online donations. See the Houston Press’s list of names and contact information for more food banks here.
  • Donate food or cash to food banks in your area. Or you can donate to Feeding Texas, a network of food banks across the state. Find your local food bank here.
  • You can also open your home to disaster victims through Airbnb.
  • Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families.
  • In East Texas, Athens First Presbyterian Church is accepting donations — including bottled water, nonperishable food, tarps, trash bags and clean up supplies — for hurricane relief efforts. The church is also looking for volunteers to help accept donations.

Make a donation

Give blood

Several hospitals are reporting blood shortages and seeking donations in the wake of the storm. O negative and O positive donations are particularly helpful, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate.

  • Carter BloodCare is sending donations to Southeast Texas; see where you can donate here. You can also give blood through the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center; find out more on their website or by calling 210-731-5590.
  • Living outside of Texas? You can still donate blood through the Red Cross.
  • On Tuesday, Trinity Mother Frances Health System and Carter BloodCare in Tyler are hosting a blood drive from noon until 6 p.m.

Volunteer your time

Experts expect it’ll take some time before the floodwaters drain in Houston. In the meantime, several groups are seeking volunteers to help with recovery efforts.

  • Volunteers can sign up for trips to the affected area through organizations like Samaritan’s PurseCoastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Volunteer Houston has launched a virtual Volunteer Reception Center to aid nonprofit agencies in flood relief efforts. More information here.
  • If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can register to help at shelters through the Mass Care Task Force.
  • Remote Area Medical is seeking medical personnel, as well as general support and supplies, to help with rescue efforts. Contact RAM at volunteers@ramusa.org or 865-579-1530.
  • The State Bar of Texas has a legal hotline to help people — specifically low-income Texans — with issues such as replacing lost documents and answering insurance questions. They also started a disaster relief volunteer form, which attorneys licensed in Texas can fill out here.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • The director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts offered guidance to Texans affected by the storm and urged citizens to help. [Full story]
  • As Harvey’s waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t more local officials order mandatory evacuations? [Full story]
  • Nowhere was Hurricane Harvey’s devastation felt more than Aransas County, which has had one storm-related death and has had many buildings severely damaged. The region’s difficult physical — and emotional — recovery is underway. [Full story]

Authors: ALEX SAMUELS AND EMMA PLATOFF – The Texas Tribune

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