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​City of Dallas Hurricane Laura Response 

​Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information regarding Dallas' response efforts to Hurricane Laura.

Live radar courtesy of NOAA. Click here for additional information. 

Shelter information is available by calling 211 or 1-800-RED CROSS.
Click here for ways to help those impacted by Hurricane Laura.


August 28 8 a.m.

As of 7 a.m. on Friday,  August 28, 2020, the City of Dallas has shifted operations to take in self-evacuees who’ve come through the Mesquite Reception Center. We have filled 185 hotel rooms at the Wyndham Garden and taken in 396 evacuees. The Fairfield Inn will be operational at 8 a.m. to accept further guests.
  • OEM is working with the State on return plans as the areas impacted become safe. 
  • Dallas Animal Services continues to shelter 25 pets – 15 dogs, 5 cats, and 5 guinea pigs. 

August 27 9:00 a.m. 

The Office of Emergency Management has received 17 busses and have filled 152 hotel rooms with 41 rooms available and taken in 305 evacuees; 87 are minors and 218 adults.

  • OEM is working to identify and coordinate additional hotel availability and other needs.
  • OEM is working with state resources for COVID testing for all guests. 

August 26 6:00 p.m. 

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast around midnight as a Category 4 hurricane.

The City of Dallas began receiving buses with evacuees at 6 a.m August 26.  As of 5 p.m., eight buses were processed, 93 hotel rooms were filled and  the City took in 179 evacuees; 59 are minors and 120.

This shelter operation has been a major effort of many departments and organizations: 
The Office of Homeless Solutions and Endeavors Family, Inc. have been invaluable during the intake process. They are processing and checking in all guests in an efficient manner. 
Dallas Fire-Rescue is providing screening and EMT services. 
Dallas Police Department is providing on-site security. 
Dallas Animal Services is providing services and sheltering pets that have been evacuated.
Parkland Health and Hospital System is providing a HOMES bus for immediate medical needs on-site. 
As with all sheltering operations similar to this one, Dallas is partnering with American Red Cross for volunteer assistance. 

August 26 4:00 p.m.

August 26 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Eric Johnson and Director of the Office of Emergency Management Rocky Vaz will discuss the City's sheltering operations for Hurricane Laura evacuees at a press conference at 4 p.m. on August 26. The press conference can be viewed on the City's cable channel, YouTube channel or Facebook page. 

August 26 9:15 a.m.

Dallas County has issued a Local Declaration of Disaster to provide relief and response to the imminent threat of Hurricane Laura, which includes the city of Dallas. 

The City of Dallas has received four buses of State sent evacuees who are being housed at a Dallas area hotel. More evacuees are expected throughout Wednesday. 

At this time, the hotel shelter is only for State sent evacuees.