Shelters: Texas

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State Texas
Specific emergencies Hurricane Alex 2010, 2011 Texas Wildfires, 2012 Hurricane Isaac
Resource type Preparing for an emergency, Getting help after an emergency, Recovery, News
Resource sub-type Shelters/Lodging/Relocation/Evacuation
Types of emergencies handled Severe weather; Flooding and tsunami
Area(s) covered Texas
Shelters > Texas

Texas Shelter Information

During Any Storm

  • Shelter information
    • Please call 2-1-1 for information about open shelters in the area.
    • If you are calling from outside of Texas, or have technical difficulties when dialing 2-1-1 from your cell/mobile, voice-over-IP, or office location phone, dial the toll free alternate access number at 1-877-541-7905.
    • See "Ike Specific Info" below for shelters listed in media web-articles.
  • Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Tyler, Huntsville, Bryan-College Station, Waco, Austin, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, San Antonio, Wichita Falls, San Angelo, Abilene, Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland-Odessa, and El Paso are shelter hubs. Governments agencies, media and their websites announce information about their check-in/reception centers and shelters.
  • For those self-evacuating see also: Lodging and Campgrounds and RV Parks

Red Cross Shelter Information for Texas

The State of Texas and the American Red Cross have collaborated to provide a public view of current shelters listed in the Red Cross National Shelter System. This information is updated as regularly as possible and may be immediately out of date. Due to the complexity of a disaster response, anyone who uses this information should be prepared to make adjustments to their immediate plans.

The Red Cross Shelter information can be found at List of open shelters by county; see also comprehensive list of TX shelters c/w data (updated every ten minutes].

2011 Central Texas Wildfires


Bastrop Middle School, 709 Old Austin Hwy, Bastrop, TX CLOSING

Ascension Roman Catholic Church, 802 Pine St, Bastrop, TX

Bastrop Christian Outreach, 1096 Hwy 71, Bastrop, TX

Celebration Christian Church, 107 Longhorn St, Bastrop, TX

First Assembly of God, 609 Pecan St, Bastrop, TX

Premerica Baptist Church, 308 Paul C Bell, Bastrop, TX

Old Giddings Elementary School, 1010 Industry Road, Giddings, TX

Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Royston Street, Smithville, TX

Ike Specific Information 2008

  • List of evacuations - excellent article also lists bus pickup points, evacuation, weather, transportation, maps & media links, etc.

Anderson County

Angelina County

Bee County

  • Beeville - Trinity Christian Church Gym 1110 E. Houston - CLOSED

Bell County

designated shelter county for residents of Brazoria County

Bexar County

Bowie County

Brazoria County

Brazos County

Chambers County

Cherokee County

Collin County

No Currently Open Shelters in Collin County

Comal County

Dallas County

[ Signs along the Interstate will direct evacuees to the center, located at 15515 Interstate 20 at Lumley Road

Denton County

El Paso County

Fort Bend County

Galveston County

Grayson County

Gregg County

Guadalupe County

Harris County

Harrison County

Hunt County

Jefferson County

Kerr County

Lubbock County

Matagorda County

No shelters reported open as of 9-15-08

McLennan County

designated shelter county for residents of San Patricio County

Milam County

Nacogdoches County

Orange County

Panola County

  • Carthage
    • Southside Baptist Church, 1501 W. Sabine St. CLOSED
    • Central Baptist Church, 220 W. Sabine St. CLOSED
  • Gary
    • Daniel Springs Baptist Camp, FM 999 CLOSED

Potter County

Smith County

Travis County

"Roadway signs will direct evacuees to the nearest shelter locations as they enter the Austin area. Evacuees also can tune in to KLBJ 590 AM or Spanish language 107.7 FM for details."

Tarrant County

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd. is the evacuee sign-in center. People fleeing Hurricane Ike should register there to be assigned a shelter.

Tarrant County shelters have been prepared at these locations:

Midway Recreation Center, 300 E. Midway Drive, Euless CLOSED

Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave., Fort Worth CLOSED

Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road, Fort Worth CLOSED

Greenbriar Community Center , 5200 Hemphill St., Fort Worth CLOSED

Handley/Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St., Fort Worth CLOSED

Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger St., Fort Worth CLOSED

Martin Luther King Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth CLOSED

North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave., Fort Worth CLOSED

Special needs shelter In Fort Worth, the Fire Station Community Center, 1501 Lipscomb, and HAWS Athletic Center, 600 Congress, will serve as a shelter for people with special needs. Pet care Pets will be sheltered at the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Division, 4900 Martin St. All pets will be microchipped so they can be returned to their owners.

Information center An information center was set up by the city of Burleson and the Red Cross to help people arriving by car on Interstate 35W. It is at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 601 S. Burleson Blvd.

Van Zandt County

Walker County

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