Lubbock Prepares for Gustav Evacuees - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/08

Lubbock Prepares for Gustav Evacuees

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Lubbockites are pulling together across the city to make sure when evacuees show up, the city is ready to serve.

While much of the city awoke to the excitement of Tech's first home football game, many city officials and everyday citizens felt the call to duty. Hurricane Gustav is on its way and that means evacuees are on their way to Lubbock. The City Bank Coliseum was flanked by command units Saturday and will soon serve as a home for 503 people fleeing their homes.

In perfect rows, cots on the floor and elevated in the walk ways around the coliseum paint a very real picture of what's to come, people looking to Lubbock and the people of Lubbock for help and shelter.

While two miles up the Marsha Sharp Freeway, the Lubbock Civic Center plays home to the operational command center, the true nerve center to Lubbock's Gustav relief efforts.

But it's not just city officials digging in to make this operation work, its everyday citizens too. At the South Plains Red Cross Chapter, 40 volunteers came together to serve. This group is being taught how to manage a shelter of 500.

And 40 volunteers is a good start but the Red Cross says it's nowhere near enough to pull this operation off. And that's where you come in.

Volunteers are badly needed as officials are expecting as many as 500 evacuees sometime Sunday.

if you would like to volunteer you need to go to the Mahon Library just west of the Civic Center at 1306 9th street.

Volunteer sign-ups end Saturday 7pm and start again Sunday at 9am and they go through 7pm Sunday.

Lubbock Red Cross
Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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