The City of Fort Worth has joined relief efforts across Texas with the opening of three emergency shelters to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey.
The city opened the shelters on August 28 and began receiving evacuees at 6 pm. They're being routed through Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center, at 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., to other local shelters. Wilkerson-Greines was used in a similar manner during Hurricane Katrina.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price told WFAA that the city is prepared for up to 1,000 evacuees, and said that number can be increased, if necessary.
Fort Worth Independent School District will also be taking students into its classrooms.
In addition, the city has deployed 30 Fort Worth Fire Department officers who are working in Houston with TX Taskforce 1, with equipment such as boats, ropes, and SAR suits. And 100 Fort Worth police officers are on standby to relieve Houston's police department.
There's also a Fort Worth Fire five-person chainsaw crew; four FWPD SEER (Special Events Emergency Response) personnel with a vehicle and trailer; and one Medstar Ambulance assisting.
The City of Fort Worth Emergency Operations Center is activated, and city leaders are coordinating with state and local officials to facilitate relief efforts as this disaster develops.
Those who wish to make donations should take them to any Goodwill location in Fort Worth; donations are not being accepted at the shelters. Items needed include baby diapers and formula, socks and underwear, blankets and towels, and plus-size clothing.