The city of Dallas has received a formal request from the state of Texas 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’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is preparing to open a shelter in the Walnut Hill Recreation Center at 10011 Midway Rd. The shelter can handle up to 500 people. It expected to be open by 2 pm August 25.
The City also has the ability to 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, the OEM will consolidate all other shelters onto the single mega shelter so that staff and the Red Cross can efficiently deploy and manage resources.
The storm is forecast to be a Category 3 hurricane by the time it hits land around midnight Friday, and is anticipated to be the worst to hit Texas in 20 years, with flooding that could run from 6 to 12 feet above ground level and an estimated 15 to 25 inches of rain.