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September 16th, 2008
Hurricane shelter opening at former school campus

From the city of San Marcos

An intermediate shelter for about 250 evacuees from Hurricane Ike is opening Tuesday morning in San Marcos at the former Bowie School on Highway 123.

About 250 people who fled Hurricane Ike late last week will move from two Austin area shelters to stay in the school for two or more weeks until more permanent housing can be arranged.

More than 100 workers from the City of San Marcos, Hays County, Gary Job Corps Center, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas State University, City of Kyle and the City of Buda spent all day Monday cleaning, repairing and preparing the old school for its temporary duty as a shelter.

Only those evacuees who registered at the two previous shelters will be admitted when Bowie opens Tuesday morning. No walk-ins will be allowed. The Bowie shelter will be operated in coordination with the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan.

In addition to the coastal residents, San Marcos will also take in an estimated 45 or more dogs, cats and other pets that the evacuees have brought with them. They will be registered and cared for at the San Marcos Animal Shelter.

Shelter operations at the former Bowie School will be run 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 Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell also noted:

  • No donation of goods will be taken at this time. After an assessment is done about what evacuees need, a list of items that can be used will be announced.
  • Financial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross/ Hays County and may be dropped off at City Utility offices, 630 E. Hopkins or 1040 Highway 123.
  • San Marcos CISD food service will provide daily meals at the shelter. Other food donations may be made to the Hays County Area Food Bank under its usual guidelines.
  • Donations of dog food, cat food and cat litter may be made to the San Marcos Animal Shelter, 750 River Road.
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