Dallas' Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is preparing to take in evacuees from Hurricane Harvey starting this morning. Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center reached it's 5,000-person capacity Monday night, but continues to take in people, and is reported to now be housing about 9,000 people.
According to a statement by Dallas officials, the city received a formal request from the state of Texas to house up to 5,000 Gulf Coast residents in the convention center. The shelter is being set up in the center's parking garage level and, according to the statement, will not affect events or shows currently booked. For people in the area who wish to help, Trusted World is accepting donations of new underwear; new socks; new warmups for men, women, children and infants; toiletries and other hygiene products; baby formula and baby wipes; bottles; diapers, and the Graco Pack n' Plays for babies to sleep in. The drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the parkway. The donation center will open from 3 to 8 p.m. daily.
In San Antonio, which experienced some rain and wind from the storm but was spared major damage, many hotels are offering special rates. For more information, click here.
Meanwhile, Marriott International has spoken out on the events taking place on the Texas coast. A company statement reads as follows:
"Our hearts go out to the people and communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Marriott International has over 30 hotels in the path of the storm. While most of our hotels remain open, we are assessing the extent of impact on each hotel, and efforts are underway to fully restore operations in those properties more significantly affected by the storm. We express our appreciation to associates who have tirelessly helped coworkers, guests, local authorities and members of their community to weather the storm.
"To help those in need, Marriott International and the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation are each contributing $250,000 to the American Red Cross, for a total contribution of $500,000, to assist those communities and individuals impacted by the hurricane. In addition, members of our Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and the Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programs have the option of donating points as contributions to the American Red Cross.
"Hotels in the impacted area are waiving cancellation fees, but details will vary depending on the hotel, so we encourage our customers to call (800) 228-9290 for more information about their reservations. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about the impact of the storm should call the Marriott International toll-free number in their country."