Mayor Debra McCartt declared a Disaster Declaration for City of Amarillo

At the request of the State Operations Center Governor's Division of Emergency Management, the City of Amarillo is activating the City of Amarillo's Emergency Management Organization to handle possible evacuees from the Texas Gulf Coast and State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Gustav.

As a result of the request from the State Operations Center, Mayor Debra McCartt declared a Disaster Declaration for the City of Amarillo this afternoon.

President Bush has declared a Federal Disaster Declaration due to the imminent threat to the state of Texas from Hurricane Gustav.   Mayor Debra McCartt's declaration allows the City of Amarillo to receive federal reimbursement and assistance in the efforts to shelter evacuees.

At this time, the City of Amarillo is fully involved in implementing existing hurricane operations shelter plan.  At the present time, the City of Amarillo will not be requesting volunteers and resources from the community.  A formal request will be issued only as needed.

Mayor Debra McCartt and other City officials will conduct a press conference, Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the South Exhibit Hall of the Amarillo Civic Center (Entrance #2 - facing Buchanan St.)