SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – San Antonio was told to expect 300 evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricane Laura, but as of Wednesday morning, that number had topped 1,000. Many arrived in private vehicles at the processing center on Gembler Road near the AT & T Center and others were brought on buses. They waited in long lines to find out where they would be staying.
San Antonio has opened its arms to storm evacuees numerous times, but because of the pandemic, this situation is different. Joe Arrington with the San Antonio Fire Department told KTSA News that all evacuees must check in at the parking lot on Gembler Road. They’ll be tested for COVID-19 and then directed to hotels instead of large shelters to avoid congregate settings.
The site is being run by the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management.