Hidalgo County Emergency Management announces the opening of 11 general population shelters at 8 p.m. 

The school districts of La Villa, McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, Donna, Mission and Edcouch-Elsa are opening their doors to take in those fleeing Tropical Storm Alex. 

“Staying at a shelter is not like staying at a hotel or motel,” said Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Tony Pena. “You only need to relocate if you live in a low lying area or live in substandard housing. If you can stay put, we advise you to do so, or if you have a relative away from the impact zone, you can choose that option. Don’t let the government be your first choice. Shelters should only be a means of last resort.” 

Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive in Hidalgo County by mid-afternoon Wednesday, with heavy rains following, up to 15 inches in some places. Residents are encouraged to make housing arrangements prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds. 

“Our biggest challenge following the storm will likely be power outages. If Alex is anything like Hurricane Dolly, power may be out in some residences for up to 10 days. This should definitely be taken into consideration when evaluating whether to evacuate to a local shelter,” Pena said. 

Residents should secure their own transportation to local shelters.    

SHELTER LOCATIONS 

 La Villa High School   200 W. Hwy 107  La Villa, TX

McAllen Memorial H.S.  101 E. Hackberry  McAllen, TX 

PSJA North H.S.   500 E. Nolana  Pharr, TX

PSJA High School   805 W. Ridge  San Juan, TX 

PSJA Memorial H.S.   800 S. Alamo Rd.  Alamo, TX 

Edcouch-Elsa H.S.   Hwy 107 & Mile 4 N Edcouch, TX 

Veterans Middle School  3207 N. Golie  Donna, TX 

Kenneth White Jr. High 1101 Griffin Pkwy. Mission, TX

Alton Memorial M.S.   1201 Bryce Dr.  Mission, TX

La Joya H.S.    604 N. Coyote Dr.  Mission, TX 

Mission Memorial M.S.  2610 N. Moorefield Mission, TX 

Additional shelters locations will be announced later as they become ready to accept individuals. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHELTERS: 

 A shelter will not provide the comforts of a hotel or motel.

 Only basic first aid will be available at most shelters. 

 The shelter does not accept responsibility for storing valuable personal property.

 Parents are required to be in control of their children at all times.

 Shelters may be equipped with generators, but they may or may not be air-

conditioned. If electrical power is interrupted, portable generators may not be

able to keep air conditioners running.

 Shelters will not ask for proof of residency. 

WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER (plan for up to five days):  

 Non-perishable food and snacks (it may not be provided at the shelter) 

 personal hygiene items 

 beddings such as cots, air mattresses, blankets and pillows for their own use

(none will be provided)

 water (rule of thumb: 1 gallon per day per person) 

 extra change of clothing

 personal items (medications, eyeglasses, hearing aid, flashlights, toothbrushes,

battery-operated radio, special diet foods, if appropriate)

 baby supplies: ample amounts of baby food, formula, juice, diapers and wipes,

and a stroller, portable crib or play pen

 provisions for the elderly 

 driver's license, other identification

 cash, traveler's checks

 important documents

WHAT NOT TO BRING TO THE SHELTER: 

 Pets

 Firearms or explosive devices

 Alcoholic beverages

 Illegal drugs

BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME:

 Board your windows. 

 Have a good meal.

 Turn off electricity at the fuse box (to prevent possible fire).

 Turn off water at the outside line.

 Turn off gas for gas water heaters (to prevent possible fire)