Hurricane Laura Relief + Resources | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Hurricane Laura Relief + Resources

Our hearts go out to everyone whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Laura. We welcome evacuees from the Gulf and Texas/Louisiana border to North Texas. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas team has gathered resources for our neighbors in need—and for members of our community who would like to lend a hand. As always, in case of emergency please call 9-1-1.


North Texas currently has two evacuation centers that have opened for those evacuating from Hurricane Laura in state buses. They are being operated by the Red Cross:

  1. The Mesquite Reception Center at 15515 E. I-20 Mesquite, TX 75181
  2. Knights of Columbus Hall at 850 S. I-45 Ennis, TX 75119

These centers will provide temporary immediate assistance to evacuees including comfort accommodations, snacks, and water. Those who arrive at the center will check in and then will receive transport and vouchers to area hotels.

Due to the pandemic, efforts are being made to find hotel accommodations for those who need them rather than creating traditional group shelters. Any mass shelters like the convention center will be used as a last resort.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working to identify and coordinate additional hotel availability and other needs. Additionally, they are working with state resources for COVID testing for all guests.


Evacuees using their own vehicle should call 2-1-1 for additional information.

For more information on reception centers and shelters, call the American Red Cross Greater North Texas at 1-800 RED CROSS.


American Red Cross
Donations are always accepted on the Red Cross website.

The Salvation Army of North Texas
Donations are always accepted on the Salvation Army of North Texas website.

North Texas Food Bank
The NTFB is part of the Mass Care Task Force and is providing snacks and hydration at the reception center in Mesquite and Ennis. Donations are always accepted on the North Texas Food Bank website.

Dallas Animal ServicesDallas Animal Services (DAS) has been working with Gulf and Dallas-area partners to assist pets and pet owners displaced by the storm. Donations are being accepted to help save pets in the path of Hurricane Laura. Donate here.