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.
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
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO THE SHELTER:
Firearms or explosive devices
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)