Bossier City is setting up cots in its Civic Center to handle evacuees who have special medical needs. The shelter, which could handle as many as 100 evacuees, will be overseen by the state Department of Health and Hospitals. In previous such emergencies, the city has set up cots while DHH brings in other special equipment.
All City of Shreveport departments are in a heightened level of awareness as the state prepares to deal with potential flooding, damage and evacuations related to TS Isaac.
The city is working with the state through the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security. The state has two Critical Transport Needs (CTN) shelters open: the old Sam's Club at Jewella Avenue and I-220; and Westpark (7455 Atkinson Drive) in West Shreveport. These building can hold 2,400 and 1,500 evacuees.
Shreveport also has capacity for an additional 500 evacuees at Riverview Theater. That facility is on standby and will be used if needed.
The following three shelters also are on standby and will be opened if needed.
LSU-S will at 4 p.m. if needed and will remain open 24 hours.
Southern University Shreveport Bossier
3050 Martin Luther King Dr.
Northwestern State University in Natchitoches
170 Tarlton Drive
Those who wish to stay in hotels can check occupancy rates at http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/hotels/accommodations-reporting-vacancies/ to find out if the hotel has rooms available.
The Red Cross will open a shelter at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church located at 4000 Moores Lane in Texarkana beginning 8:00 pm Tuesday.
St. Louis Baptist Church at 4000 Frankston Highway opened at 8 p.m. Monday. For more information call Tammy Prater at 903-752-1854.