Travis County re-examines emergency plan

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County leaders are looking into the area’s emergency plan to make sure it’s enough if severe flooding or other disasters arrive.

It’s called the Capital Area Shelter Plan and it began after Hurricane Katrina, when Travis County took in thousands of people, according to Eric Carter, Chief Emergency Management Coordinator for Travis County.

“We are planning on a continuing basis,” Carter said.

The plan was last put into action during Hurricane Harvey, when evacuees were held in Austin schools. The area can take in as many as 20,000 people if a hurricane threatens the coast, Carter said. However, if flooding locally forces people from their homes, he wants to make sure the plan covers them, too.

“What if it is 100, 500. It may not be always appropriate to go into the schools, so we want to make sure we have a range of facilities we can select,” Carter said. “So that’s when the convention center was tossed out as a possible option. We talk about the Travis County Expo Center as a possible option.”

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