Tyler in Full Force Mode for Harvey Victims
The City of Tyler activated its Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The EOC is being utilized to coordinate local agencies' relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
At noon on Wednesday, Aug. 30, a Transition Hub opened at the Faulkner Park Police Station. 430 people visited the station on Wednesday and Thursday. As of 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, an additional 156 people have come through the Police Station for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance and received an Emergency Tracking Network (ETN) wristband tied to services available in the area. The Hub will be in operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A social security card is not required to register for FEMA. Evacuees will be able to register online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
The ETN wristband will allow access to evacuees for services such as free meals at the Salvation Army, basic necessities at Colonial Hills Baptist Church and clothing needs from Cornerstone.
The City published a webpage that centralizes information about available services for evacuees at https://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/Communications/HurricaneHarveyReliefInformation.aspx. This page will be updated daily to give the most up-to-date information.
The City of Tyler Transit Department will be offering free bus rides to all evacuees with ETN wristbands.
Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 7330 S. Broadway Ave., will serve as a distribution center for evacuees. They are no longer accepting donations at this time. With an ETN wristband, evacuees will have access to donated items like non-perishable foods, diapers (adult/infant), basic toiletries, coloring books/crayons, dog food (10 pound or less bags) and stainless steel dog bowls. Operations will be open seven days a week from noon to 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 10.
Salvation Army has meals available for evacuees at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
At this time, hotels in the city limits are at 61% occupancy.
The American Red Cross will be working with the Salvation Army to coordinate meals for evacuees staying in our area. Any restaurants wishing to donate meals to help in this unprecedented disaster can call (903) 730-5117. Call volume may be high, and callers are asked to please leave a message.