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9/3/05

Lubbock Prepares For Hurricane Survivors

Over one-hundred emergency personnel, from all over the south plains, waited for Lubbock ’s first wave of hurricane survivors but there was no sign of the evacuees. Authorities at Preston Smith International Airport expected the arrival of two planes carrying hurricane victims but at the last moment, the flights were postponed for unknown reasons.

Lubbock anticipated that several of the expected evacuees would have some sort of special medical needs. Dozens of paramedics from around the area responded to help with the relief. Almost every county on the south plains sent some sort of aid ranging from ambulances to Sheriff Office personnel. With Lubbock expecting to receive anywhere from 500-800 people the hospitals are preparing as well. The Red Cross told NewsChannel 11 that they have made further preparations at the Reese Center and that they have opened the emergency operating center downtown to help with the medical efforts. Lubbock was selected to handle several of the medical cases because of its large medical community. Saturday’s expected group of evacuees is only a portion of the evacuees expected to arrive in Lubbock . The Red Cross is now expecting the refugees to arrive sometime on Sunday, but there is no guarantee on when they will arrive.

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