El Paso prepares shelters for potential Hurricane Harvey evacuees

El Paso officials discuss how they will be helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

The City of El Paso has activated its Emergency Operations Center in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The city released a statement that said it is prepared to receive as many as 1,500 evacuees from Houston due to flooding caused by the storm.

Their arrival has not been confirmed at this time.

The city said a military installation and the El Paso Convention Center will be two of the four shelters on standby for any evacuees.

The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross will be helping the city prepare the shelters, and any citizen who wishes to help or volunteer is asked to call 311 for more information.

“Our hearts and thoughts during this catastrophe are with our fellow Texans, especially those in Houston. Our city manager (Tommy Gonzalez) 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.

Gonzalez also released a statement that reads in part, “El Paso has always been a very welcoming community and should it be necessary, we are prepared to receive our guests as family.”

The El Paso Police Department will send 33 officers, two sergeants and 11 vehicles to help with security. The sheriff’s office will also be sending 6 deputies, officials announced at a news conference Monday.

The El Paso Fire Department has also sent six divers and a rescue boat to Houston to assist as needed.

The City is also talking with EPISD to help evacuated children attend school while displaced.

"We want to make sure that once we learn the disposition of these families and how many of them will bringing children and the ages of that nature then we'll know how better to respond," Gonzalez said.

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