As Hurricane Ike looms in the gulf, thousands of evacuees have taken shelter in Brazos County. Bryan High School opened its doors early Friday morning and the school district says they are ready to accommodate hundreds of evacuees if the need arises.
Bryan Independent School District administrators stepped out of the classroom to lend a helping hand.
Hundreds of gulf coast residents forced to flee, arrived at Bryan High looking for rest and security.
Bryan ISD employees were there to help them settle in.
"This is the way it always is when there is a need in our community or any community adjacent to ours," Mike Cargill, Bryan ISD Superintendent said. "They always come out to volunteer their time."
If Bryan High reaches its 600 person limit, the school district will open four other schools to evacuees.
The American Red Cross is also on site to make sure everything runs smoothly
"It makes you so appreciative of what you have and helps foster the responsibility of recognizing that we are really one family," Helen Rose with the American Red Cross said.
The evacuees tell us they are so thankful for Bryan's hospitality.
As for those who evacuated with their pets, we've learned Bryan ISD has also opened up one of its facilities to house those animals.