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Announcements

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Austin Convention Center Activated as Hurricane Laura Evacuee Shelter

August 27, 2020 - The Austin Convention Center has been activated as a COVID-19 negative, Hurricane Laura Evacuee Shelter. As part of the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan and the City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Halls 1 and 2 at the Austin Convention Center are being used as a shelter, for displaced evacuees.

This does not affect the staging or availability of the Austin Convention Center as an Alternate Care Site. Located in Hall 4, the care site remains on standby as a hospital overflow facility.

City of Austin Press Release

Palmer Events Center to Serve as Hurricane Medical Shelter for Evacuees

August 26, 2020 - The Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, has been prepped and activated as a 50 bed, Hurricane Medical Shelter for evacuees who are COVID-19 negative, and require non-emergency medical care. This is to assist and support displaced residents from the Texas Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Laura. At the request of the State of Texas, the Palmer Events Center will serve as a medical shelter as part of the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan.