The city council agreed during an emergency meeting to take on at least 800. As a precaution, 500 are already scheduled to arrive in Lubbock on Sunday.
City workers are preparing living quarters in the City Bank Coliseum and $1.5 million is being set aside for emergency needs.
All funds spent will be refunded through FEMA.
Mayor Tom Martin said Lubbock has a duty to help other regions in need after so many came to Lubbock's Aid after the 1970 Tornado.
"I think we have a responsibility to help our fellow man in a time of disaster." said Martin. "We're all Texans. We're all Americans. That's what we do is help one another during a time of need."
The local Red Cross and Salvation Army is making preparations.