Special Needs Shelter Opens
August 30, 2008
UT Tyler has been activated as a shelter for Hurricane Gustav and will receive 200 special needs evacuees from the Beaumont area.
Special needs patients are medically fragile, so they cannot go to a regular shelter where they would not have medical supervision. However, they are not sick enough to be admitted to a hospital, according to Dr. Linda Klotz, UT Tyler dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and incident commander for the shelter.
UT Tyler nursing faculty will assess the patients’ medical conditions upon arrival, and each patient will be assigned a bed in the Herrington Patriot Center. Nursing students will assist the faculty in providing care for the patients.
Caregivers and families of the patients will be assigned beds in UT Tyler’s Ornelas Activity Center.
The shelter is expected to be open for approximately one week.
If you would like to volunteer at the shelter Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, please go to the HPC front desk to fill out the volunteer form.
If you would like to volunteer after the holiday, please go to the Office of Student Life and Leadership in the University Center, room 111.
For more information, contact Beverley Golden, news and information director, 903.330.0495.