Also Housed at the Facility
September 18, 2008.
Austin, Texas .— While 3,000 attendees are attending the National
Association of Broadcasters’ annual NAB Radio Show at the Austin Convention
Center, the City of Austin has also set up one of four area shelters for about
1,200 Hurricane Ike evacuees at the facility. The National
Association of Broadcasters helped with the City’s hurricane relief efforts by
donating several hundred toys and games to the evacuee children currently housed
at the convention center.
3,000 radio professionals from across the country are meeting for the National
Association of Broadcasters Radio Show on the north side of the facility.
Their event is located in Exhibit Hall 5, Ballrooms DEFG, and
Meeting Rooms 11-19. They began moving in on Sunday, Sept. 14, with show dates
occurring Sept. 17-19. In the
center of the building, about 1,200 hurricane evacuees from the
Houston/Galveston area are being sheltered as part of the relief effort by the
City of Austin
and the American Red Cross of Central Texas. The shelter at the
Convention Center was set
up and in full operation in Exhibit Halls 2, 3 and 4 by Monday, Sept. 15.
NAB representatives and
Convention Center staff helped distribute the toys to the children in the play
area in Exhibit Hall 2. Every child at the shelter received at least one toy.
The assortment included puzzles, games, books, Lincoln logs, Legos, cars, trucks, dolls,
balls, coloring books, Play-Doh, and cards.
“Things are going exceptionally
well,” says Mark Tester, director of the Austin Convention Center Department.
“Every effort is being made to make the evacuees as comfortable as possible
while they’re here in the Austin Convention
Center. We have been able to keep the groups
cordoned off from one another, giving the evacuees as much privacy as possible.
At the same time, the show organizers for NAB have responded to the plight of
the residents from the Houston-Galveston area.”