Austin mayor: Volunteer interpreters needed as city accepts Hurricane Harvey evacuees

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The city of Austin is seeking the help of bilingual residents as it begins to accept more Hurricane Harvey evacuees.

On Thursday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler sent out a call for local interpreters to help assist people seeking refuge from the destruction of last week’s hurricane. Houston, which received some of the more extreme damage from Hurricane Harvey, was deemed America’s most diverse city following a report from Rice University in 2012.

Adler said the city should expect guests speaking “dozens of languages” in the coming weeks and that interpreters are needed

“If you are a member of one of Austin’s bilingual communities, you might be the hero we’re looking for to help our guests feel at home,” Adler said in a news release, adding the most needed volunteers are those with experience in medical interpretation and interpreters of Asian languages.

“We will call on other bilingual volunteers as the response continues,” he said.

Volunteers can sign up here.

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Christopher Neely

Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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