There are currently 1,100 displaced persons in five shelters across the metroplex, with 316 housed in the mega-shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The Salvation Army is serving three meals a day at the mega-shelter and will start overnight service tonight with 150 sandwich bags, as well as 24/7 free, hot coffee.
The North Texas Food Bank has delivered snacks and ready-to-eat meals to individual shelters and Dallas Love Field Airport to greet Corpus Christi evacuees, in addition to being on call at the request of the Red Cross.
Clothing donations, organized by the City of Dallas, will be directed to the shelters through Trusted World. At this time, donations are not needed. The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management is also overseeing the daily volunteer management response inside the mega-shelter, with support from the Red Cross.
There are about 100 volunteers currently serving the mega-shelter. Opportunities to volunteer with OEM, Red Cross or Salvation Army will be posted at www.VOLY.org/disaster. This platform will also show available opportunities for local nonprofits that are responding to the disaster beyond sheltering and feeding evacuees.
Other notes: Verizon and AT&T have kindly donated cell phone chargers and stations inside the mega-shelter for evacuees to use. The SPCA has also setup a shelter outside the convention center for pets of evacuees.
We are still assessing needs hour-by-hour, as we continue to learn how many evacuees will be coming to Dallas. The Mass Care Task Force encourages individuals to donate money and register to volunteer.