The phones ring steadily at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. Most calls are from coastal residences. Their question: What's the room availability? the answer was, " Right now, we're showing it's limited up until Sunday and then they're starting to book up really heavy on Monday, " said CVB employees. And occasionally their needs are specific,with life sustaining importance. Director Melissa Sanford said, " I had a call this morning, a gentleman's son is on dialysis, so he's looking not only for a hotel room, but also for a place his son can take dialysis."
Room reservation requests eventually reach the limit, there is a convenient resource that provides reassurance to the potential evacuee. Sanford said, " it's the TACVB, www.tacvbemergency.net is the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has an emergency website and all of its members, which we are a member of, goes on it, updates their hotel room, so we can just look at the click of a button what other city's have. "
Meanwhile, the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center is receiving calls from people wanting to board their animals. As of yet the governor hasn't declared the facility as an animal re-location center, but just in case Judge Joe English explained, " The expo at this time is already gearing up in anticipation to receive animals. "