Emergency shelters & updates across Bluebonnet region

Here are a handful of links to websites with useful, timely emergency information related to the weather and flooding:
Get the latest forecasts from The National Weather Service for the San Antonio/Austin region. 
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s Hydromet system monitors more than 275 automated river and weather gauges throughout the lower Colorado River basin. It provides near-real time data on streamflow, river stage, rainfall totals and temperature. (LCRA also has useful information about the Highland Lakes, dams and the flow of the Colorado River down to the Gulf of Mexico).
At, get the latest information on floods and emergency road closures in Austin and partner communities in Central Texas. Across the state, go for road closure information.
To learn about local evacuation orders due to flooding, check with your city, county, police, sheriff or local office of emergency management. Many of these entities will post notices about evacuations on their Facebook pages or Twitter feeds. Local media will often alert residents about evacuations as well. 
The Department of Homeland Security’s site offers lots of information related to emergencies.

Shelter information

Red Cross Shelters: The Red Cross maintains a map of open shelters on its website and the map is updated as new shelters open.

Texas State Parks: The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has announced that Harvey evacuees can stay free in any of their parks. Get information on their Twitter feed, @TPWDparks

FEMA: Find local shelters by texting SHELTER and your ZIP code to 4FEMA (43362). Msg. and data rates apply.

Bastrop County: Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Gazely St., accommodates 125-150 people; In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry, 987 N. Texas 95 in Bastrop, room for 22 people, call Pastor Roland Nava at 512-317-7503 for information.

“Our shelters will be for local people evacuating from flooding in Bastrop County should it be needed,” said James Gabriel of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. Some Bastrop County churches may also open as emergency shelters, according to County Judge Paul Pape.

Get timely updates from Bastrop County’s Office of Emergency Management, or on their Facebook page or Twitter feed @BastropCntyOEM.

Burleson County: First Baptist Church, 300 S. Thomas St. in Caldwell and Burleson County Cowboy Church, 300 County Road 169 southeast of Caldwell. Follow their Facebook updates.

Caldwell County: Check for information and updates on the county’s Facebook page.

Fayette County: Second Baptist Church, 1010 N. Von Minden St., La Grange opens as a shelter at 7 p.m. Friday. More information.

Hays County: Check for updates on the county’s Facebook page and Twitter feed @hays_oem, as well as the Hays County Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page.

Lee County: If needed, the county emergency management office will open a shelter in Giddings for county residents only. Call Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 979-542-2800 — or dial 911 — if flooding occurs or emergency assistance is needed. Stay updated at the County OEM’s Facebook page and Lee County Emergency website.

Travis County: In Austin, the Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Drive, is a shelter; 512-841-8323; also in Austin, the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Early College High School (and Liberal Arts & Science Academy), 7309 Lazy Creek Drive is a shelter; for non-emergencies call 311 or 512-974-2000; follow them on Twitter at @Austintexagov, #ATXShelter

Washington County: Check the county’s Office of Emergency Management Facebook page for updates; in Brenham, emergency preparation advice; map of U.S. 290 contraflow evacuation information through the city (if the Texas Department of Transportation determines it necessary).

Williamson County: Get updates on shelter openings on the county’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, @PreparingWilCo.

Free Airbnb home stays: The site has activated its Disaster Response System in Texas, linking evacuees with short-term rental hosts willing to offer their homes or rooms free of charge. Here is their link.

Other storm information resources
·      Sign up for emergency texts and emails at
·      Road closures:
·      Also on Twitter: @NWSSanAntonio, @bastropnews, @smithvilletimes, @mrAndySevilla, @marymhuber, @MyStatesman

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