|Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:47 pm
Post subject: Dallas-Fort Worth Shelter evacuees Information Pets, Medical
|Hurricane Gustav Information - News Story - KXAS | Dallas
Hurricane Gustav Information
People who arrive in Dallas-Fort Worth area and need a place to stay should call 211 for shelter referrals.
Dallas city officials are prepared to care for up to 1,000 people evacuated by bus at the Dallas Convention Center. Buses are expected to begin arriving Sunday evening.
The city's backup shelter for people who self-evacuated is full, Dallas city officials said late Saturday night. People needing a shelter should call 211 for referrals
The city of Fort Worth is operating eight shelters. Buses are expected to begin arriving Sunday evening.
Fort Worth Independent School District's Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center will be used as a staging area for evacuees, including those who self-evacuated. The center is located at:
5101 C.A. Roberson
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Evacuees can also go to TexasCampgrounds.com and GoCampingAmerica.com to make reservations for or get information about campgrounds and RV resorts. Texas has nearly 400 private campgrounds, many of which also offer cabin rentals.
People in local shelters should contact their shelter for details on how their pets will be cared for.
Self-evacuees should first call pet-friendly hotels or pet-boarding facilities in the Metroplex or make arrangements with family or friends in the area. The SPCA is also offering foster-home placement for the pets of self-evacuees with local volunteers for up to 30 days.
Foster homes will be matched on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the SPCA will respond to as many people as possible.
To qualify, self-evacuees must provide a driver's license from an area affected by Hurricane Gustav. If the animal is not spayed or neutered, the owner must agree to allow the SPCA to perform the procedure at no cost.
If the animal is not picked up within 30 days, it will be put up for adoption.
Self-evacuees interested in the foster program can contact the SPCA at 214-742-7722. Representatives will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Evacuees staying in Fort Worth shelters can call 817-392-3737 to make arrangements for their pets. Pets, which will be microchipped to ensure they are returned to their owners, will be housed at the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Division.
How To Help
People wishing to volunteer should contact the Volunteer Center of North Texas at 866-797-8268 or www.vcnt.org.
Those wishing to volunteer will need to complete an application form, which can be found at www.vcnt.org. Volunteers will not be able to go directly to a shelter to offer help, because every volunteer must first pass a criminal background check.
Volunteers to serve meals at shelters are needed immediately. As the evacuation continues, volunteers will also be needed for other roles.
People wishing to make donations are urged to make cash donations to the American Red Cross at 817-335-9137 or the Salvation Army through its Web site, www.salvationarmydfw.org. Donations of items are not needed at this time.
Food donations can be made to the North Texas Food Bank through its Web site at www.ntxfoodbank.org.
Fresenius Medical Care is providing dialysis treatment to anyone who has evacuated because of Hurricane Gustav, regardless of whether or not they are Fresenius patients.
Patients can get treatment in Texas at Fresenius facilities in cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Gilmer.
Anyone who needs dialysis can call the Fresenius Patient Disaster Hotline at 800-626-1297 24 hours a day.
The Texas Department of Transportation has canceled all previously planned lane closures near Houston and Beaumont.
Southwest Airlines will temporarily suspend its scheduled flights to and from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The resumption of operations is contingent upon the availability of airport facilities and services.
Travelers with reservations to and from the airport from noon Friday through Wednesday may rebook their flight or travel standby without paying additional charges. Travelers with reservations for canceled flights may request a refund for an unused ticket or itinerary.
Southwest's scheduled service to and from Jackson, Miss., may be disrupted on Monday and Tuesday.
Travelers with reservations to and from Jackson from noon Sunday through Wednesday can rebook or travel standby without paying additional charges.
Travelers should call 800-435-9792 to check the status of their flight before checking in or leaving for the airport.