Hurricane Laura Response Press Release

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK ACTIVATING TO ASSIST GALVESTON EVACUEES FLEEING FROM HURRICANE LAURA

Austin, TX, August 25, 2020 – As Galveston residents flee their homes to escape Hurricane Laura, the Austin Disaster Relief Network announced today plans to mobilize its network of trained and badged volunteers to help evacuees settle into local hotels and take shelter from the storm. Working in collaboration with the City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), Travis County and the Central Texas Red Cross, ADRN’s volunteers, or “yellow shirts,” will assist with hotel registration and administrative tasks beginning Tuesday evening. They will also provide toiletries, hygiene kits, and clothing as needed, as well as emotional and spiritual support. Under the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASH-P), an agreement among Williamson/Travis/Hays counties and the City of Galveston/Galveston County, evacuees can stay in the Austin area until the storm passes and it’s safe to return to their homes. Officials have decided to house evacuees in individual hotel rooms instead of congregant shelters like schools or a convention center to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border late Wednesday evening. In response to the imminent threat, Galveston city officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation, and over one hundred cars and a few buses are already on their way to Austin.

“We are very concerned for the families in Galveston, Beaumont, and the entire Gulf Coast Region,” ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci said. “Many of these communities have just recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey or Tropical Storm Imelda, which dumped nearly 4 feet of rain. A storm of this magnitude could have a devastating impact on families who’ve recently rebuilt their homes and lives. We’re praying for them, and we’re prepared to offer physical, emotional and spiritual support.”

ADRN continues to monitor the impact of Hurricane Laura and will provide additional support to storm survivors as needed. For more information on the ADRN response to Hurricane Laura, go to www.adrn.org.

ABOUT ADRN
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of more than 190 greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers. ADRN’s network enables church members to organize, prepare and respond quickly in the event of a disaster, large or small. ADRN network churches, volunteers, business partners, local agencies and community organizations provide in-kind and monetary donations and additional volunteer assistance that enable ADRN to fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis. Since 2009, ADRN has brought emotional, physical and spiritual relief to more than 43,500 individuals, sponsored more than 3,150 families and given more than $16.0 million in disaster relief funds. Learn more at ADRN.org.