Dallas City Council District 13
The City of Dallas received a formal request from the State to prepare for evacuees from the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Shelter staffing and management will be a joint effort between the City of Dallas and the American Red Cross. The City of Dallas Emergency Operations Center is in constant communication with State Emergency Management and FEMA to ensure we have sufficient time to prepare and open shelters.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has opened its first shelter in the Walnut Hill Recreation Center at 10011 Midway Road. The shelter can handle up to 500 people. OEM identified three facilities that would be used as shelters if requested, and the American Red Cross is staging trailers at each of these location should resources be necessary. Total capacity between the three shelters is 1,000 people. Names and locations of the shelters OEM identified are:
· Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway Road
· Tommie Allen Recreation Center, 7071 Bonnie View Road
· Samuell Grand Recreation Center, 6200 E. Grand Ave.
Several other cities in Dallas County are prepared to open two additional shelters at LOOS Fieldhouse and Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, with capacity for an additional 1,000 evacuees. Other metroplex cities, including Fort Worth would also be available.The City also can activate its' Mega Shelter Plan, using the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. If activated, the mega shelter will use the Convention Center's parking structure and will not affect events or shows currently booked. If this occurs, OEM will consolidate all other shelters onto the single mega shelter so that staff and the Red Cross can efficiently deploy and manager resources. The State has also activate an evacuee welcome center in Mesquite.