September 1 Update

The City-County’s Emergency Management Coordinator was contacted by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and advised El Paso will not be receiving any evacuees at this time.

“I am impressed and thankful to the El Paso community for their generosity and concern for their fellow Texans,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “I know we will continue to assist in any way we can.”

The City of El Paso and its partners continue to assist with emergency relief efforts from the devastating flooding in Southeast Texas and were prepared to receive evacuees since first being notified of the potential need for assistance. TDEM stated they were appreciative of El Paso stepping up and being ready to help, but the situation seems to be calming down and there is plenty of room in the shelters that have been setup.

“I am proud and grateful of City staff and all of the area partners for how prepared they all were during this time,” stated City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “El Paso really demonstrated their “can do” attitude by stepping up in a big way with fundraising efforts and their readiness to help.”

The City will continue to track all costs related to personnel who have been deployed in order to receive reimbursement from the State.


Texas FloodThe City of El Paso is assisting with emergency relief efforts from the unprecedented flooding in Southeast Texas.

"Our thoughts remain with our fellow Texans struggling to cope with this catastrophic event," Mayor Dee Margo said. "El Paso is assisting and is ready to do more during this state disaster."

Our goal is to help save lives and provide comfort and support to victims of these devastating floods.”

In response to the disaster the El Paso community has:

  • Deployed:
    • Six El Paso Fire Department divers, a rescue boat and two marked ton trucks to various Southeast Texas communities
    • Two El Paso Fire Department paramedics to the Houston area
    • Thirty-six officers, four sergeants, one lieutenant, 11 unmarked patrol vehicles, 2 marked police trucks, one unmarked ¾ ton truck, and one 25-foot utility trailer to assist with security at temporary shelters in Houston area
    • Six El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies with vehicles and a boat to Houston area
    • The BorderRAC ambulance strike team and mobile hospital to Southeast Texas
    • Three El Paso Constables with patrol vehicles to Southeast Texas
    • Five Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team members and a trailer to Galveston
    • Fifty-four U.S. Border Patrol Agents to Corpus Christi
    • Ten Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to Southeast Texas
    • Twenty-five special agents from El Paso’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rapid Response Team to Houston with 10 heavy-duty trucks and trailers where they will coordinate with other response teams
  • Assisted through the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network (TIRN) and the City’s Health Department with receiving 2-1-1 calls from throughout the state related to emergency relief

Additionally, Texas Gas Service and El Paso Electric are on standby to deploy to assist with emergency relief efforts.

Texas Flood"The City of El Paso and our partners are coordinating to provide as much emergency relief as we can during these unprecedented floods," City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said. “We have the utmost confidence that our First Responders and partners are unified to help our friends and families across Southeastern Texas.” 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management asked El Paso’s OEM to assist with housing evacuees. OEM is coordinating with all appropriate agencies to be ready to house victims from the catastrophic floods. The arrival of evacuees has not yet been confirmed.

The El Paso community has shown its support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey by expressing their eagerness to donate to the relief efforts. We thank the community for their support and donations, but at this time monetary donations are being encouraged by many of the relief organizations.

American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are encouraging monetary donations because supply vehicles are having difficulty reaching the affected area. Monetary donations allow relief organizations to directly address current and future needs.

The Salvation Army’s focus is feeding evacuees and first responders. The American Red Cross is concentrating on necessary supplies and needs for the shelters.

It is also important to note that donations cannot be received at any City of El Paso facility.

Emergency officials are also asking those interested in volunteering to not self-deploy.

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Human Society of the United States


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