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September 18th, 2008
San Marcos Teams Aid Hurricane Recovery

The City of San Marcos and the community continue to assist hurricane evacuees now being sheltered here, as city teams are deployed to the disaster zone at the coast.San Marcos Fire Rescue sent a team of firefighters to the disaster zone early this week. The team was first assigned to provide medical aid in Houston and has been redeployed to Orange, Texas to join the search and rescue mission in one of the hardest hit communities on the coast.

In addition, a line crew from San Marcos Electric Utility will be sent to the disaster area later this month to assist with the restoration of power, joining crews from Georgetown and Lampasas.

An intermediate shelter for Hurricane Ike opened Tuesday morning in San Marcos at the former Bowie Elementary School on Highway 123. As of Thursday morning, 91 evacuees were at the shelter while other evacuees are staying in local motels and private homes.

The goal is to move evacuees into longer-term housing as soon as possible, said Ken Bell, Emergency Management Coordinator.

Social service agencies and health professionals are providing services and medical aid to evacuees at the shelter. The San Marcos Animal Shelter is caring for pets that evacuees have brought with them from the hurricane zone.

Ways to help now:

* Hays County Food Bank, 220 Herndon Street, is collecting donations of food and money. Call 392-8300 or go to www.haysfoodbank.org

* Clothing donations may be made to Goodwill, 1005 Highway 80, San Marcos.

* Call 667-7790 to find out about volunteering or making donations to aid hurricane evacuees. Volunteer registration is available on line at www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us/departments/oem/

* Donations to the American Red Cross/ Hays County are being accepted at City Utility Offices, 630 E. Hopkins and 1040 Highway 123.

* The San Marcos Animal Shelter, 750 River Road is accepting donations of dog food, cat food and kitty litter. 805-2650.

The Bowie Shelter is being managed by staff from the City of San Marcos and Hays County, with assistance from San Marcos CISD, Texas State University, cities of Buda and Kyle, Gary Job Corps Center and trained volunteers from the Hays County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

San Marcos CISD food service is providing daily meals at the shelter. More than 100 workers from the agencies spent all day Monday cleaning, repairing and preparing the old school for its temporary duty as a shelter.

By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos

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