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For immediate release:
Aug. 24, 2017
Contact:  City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management On-call PIO 512-974-0599


City, County Officials Prepare for Hurricane Harvey 
As of 2 p.m., there have been no requests to activate the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASH-P), which provides shelter assistance, from the State of Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.  

"There is no Austin/Travis County Emergency Operations Center activation at this time," said Travis County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator (TCOEM) Stacy Moore-Guajardo. "City and County staff are closely monitoring conditions and will be ready should the need arise."

City and County officials will release shelter information if public shelters are open. When shelters are requested by the State, notifications will be distributed immediately through local media and City and County social media/government websites. Shelter locations are not released to the public until an official request has been made by the State.

"We urge the public to continue to monitor this weather event and and begin reviewing their personal preparedness plans," said City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Juan Ortiz. "Residents can also sign up at WarnCentralTexas.org to receive notifications specific to emergencies in their neighborhood."

For updates on shelter information or new developments into the evening hours, monitor local media, the National Weather Service, the City of Austin social media (@austintexasgov, @AustinHSEM), or Travis County social media (@TravisCountyES). 

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