Dallas City Council Approves $8 Million in Emergency Funds to Help Pay For Evacuee Shelters, Relief Efforts - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Dallas City Council Approves $8 Million in Emergency Funds to Help Pay For Evacuee Shelters, Relief Efforts

    Dallas Approves $8 Million for Harvey Shelters

    The Dallas City Council unanimously approves $8 million Wednesday toward emergency funds to cover relief efforts at North Texas shelters. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017)

    The Dallas City Council unanimously approved using $8 million in emergency funds Wednesday to help keep open shelters for Harvey evacuees and to pay for other relief efforts.

    "Of course we have to do this," said Dallas City Councilwoman Sandy Greyson.

    There are currently four shelters operating in Dallas — three smaller shelters run by the American Red Cross and one mega shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

    As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 860 people were staying in them. Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune told council members hundreds or even thousands more evacuees could come to the city.

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    "We're in constant contact with the state operations center, which is kind of the central command for all of the relief efforts in the state," Fortune said. "We have heard reports that air traffic and/or bus activity could occur as early as today. But we're not entirely sure yet. This changes frequently."

    Because the situation remains fluid, council members felt it made sense to approve the additional money now, so the city isn't caught off guard later.

    "The key is we can't be surprised," said Mayor Mike Rawlings. "I don't want us to be surprised if the number [of evacuees] is higher. And I don't want to be surprised if the numbers are very low."

    Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich told the council the city is spending $100,000 a day just for the toilets, showers and hand-washing stations at all four shelters.

    "All of our costs will be reimbursed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management," Reich said.

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the city of Dallas spent $6.5 million to house evacuees. City officials indicated the response to Harvey will likely cost more.

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    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.


    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:



    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org


    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999


    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift