Bethany House Prepared For Natural Disasters
The Bethany House homeless shelter has 28 beds available for the less fortunate. As the only homeless shelter in Laredo, we were curious what would happen if a tornado were to hit. "We do have procedures in place in case there's any natural disasters or severe weather." The Director of Bethany House, Beatriz Saldana, tells us typically they only need to do so when the cold weather rolls around. "In the winter when it's really cold, we do open up the cafeteria. we do have staff on call so we can bring in more people than just 28 beds we have at the shelter." And in the summer... "We have the kitchen also available from 9am-7pm where people can come in, get some cold water, sit down, get out of the heat." Saldana says if there were to be some sort of emergency, natural or otherwise, they would open their doors to anyone who needed a place to stay. "We're here to help anyone that's in need int he community. Everyone has a different background, whether it be homeless, an emergency, or natural disaster." Soon there will be more room at the shelter. More room for women. "We do have our Barbara Kazen center for hope that will be opening up in September of 2013."