At a media briefing this afternoon, City of Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass signed an official Declaration of Disaster/Emergency in response to the President's Declaration resulting from Hurricane Gustav. The city says the Declaration is in preparation for receiving special needs evacuees from the Beaumont area. The declaration activates the City's Emergency Management Plan.
"The City of Tyler is fully prepared to respond to the emergency situation," said Mayor Bass. "We have activated our Emergency Operations as well as our reception center." The reception center is located at Faulkner Park. Evacuees will enter the park from Highway 69 and will be greeted by the reception team who will then process the evacuees and assign them to local shelters. Evacuees are being asked to check in at the reception area first before going to the shelters. Currently, the city is estimated up to 6,000 evacuees may seek refuge in Tyler.