What's Next For Vacant Evacuee Shelter

Jack Gann, Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross
Jack Gann, Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross

Right now the Amarillo Civic Center is locked up with two Amarillo Police Officers guarding the facility.

But 48 hours ago city officials thought it would be buzzing right now with hundreds of evacuees from hurricane Gustav.

500 cots are in place, and three rooms of the Amarillo Civic Center are awaiting displaced people from the gulf coast.

Only one problem, they haven't come.

After all the set up, the Civic Center has yet to be used as the shelter the city thought it was going to be operating.

"It's really in a hold pattern. Everything's still set up and we were just waiting to see what happens with the hurricane," said Corporal Jerry Neufeld of the Amarillo Police Department.

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Hours upon hours have been spent getting the center, and personnel ready for what hasn't happened yet.

"We've had two training sessions this week to train to greet and assist in the shelter," said Jack Gann, a volunteer with the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross

But now instead of packing everything up, the Red Cross and the city now plan to see what's next.

"Just waiting... Just waiting," said Gann.

"Will we be used as a shelter again? And we wont know that for another 12, 24 hours even," said Cororal Neufeld.

Despite not being used, Corporal Neufeld says practice makes perfect.

"We're learning more. And just like we did Saturday, getting everything set-up and getting more efficient and getting this process done," he said.

One official did tell us, the Civic Center could be packed back up as early as tomorrow, if they get word from the state to do so.