The City of Tyler reports this morning that all 16 city shelters are full. 3272 evacuees have arrived from Beaumont seeking shelter from Ike in Tyler. Between 4:00 pm Thursday and Friday morning more than 100 buses arrived in Tyler. Evacuees were processed at Faulkner Park Reception Center and sent to one of 16 local shelters that are manned by the Red Cross and the Texas State Guard in Tyler and Smith County. Three special needs shelters for evacuees were also launched with a capacity of 350 evacuees.
Those shelters need help. Any nurse, EMT, and first aid trained volunteers are asked to call the Northeast Texas Public Health District at (903) 939-5779. They need personnel to man these shelters, including a first aid shelter at the old Walmart, the largest of the evacuee shelters. The old Walmart is now housing 1600 evacuees.
Volunteers are also needed at the Salvation Army and the 211 Call Center. If you are able to help with them please call.