Thursday, May 16, 2013

North Texas Tornadoes - How We Can Help

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the devastating storms that ripped through North Texas last night.  I'm sure those of us in Fort Worth either know people or have family in Hood County and Johnson County and other areas that were affected by the tornadoes.

I've been searching online all morning trying to find out how we can help.  I've heard that The Salvation Army and The Red Cross are taking donations, but then the Hood County News website says to hold off on donations - I think they're trying to come up with a location where people can take supplies locally - in the meantime, donate to The Salvation Army and The Red Cross.

If you're trying to find out information about loved ones in the area, call this number:  817-579-2888.

Hood County officials have also established an emergency line - 682-498-8010.

If you are a resident or have family in the area affected by the tornado in Hood County, or searching for someone in the affected area, please use the Red Cross Safe & Well website

I've read that if you need a place to stay due to the storm damage in Hood County, go to First Christian Church of Granbury (817-573-5431) 2109 Highway 377 West, just past Pirate Drive, in Granbury next to Tractor Supply.  Red Cross officials and other volunteers are on hand, and food and water supplies are available there.

Another relocation center was set up at Granbury First United Methodist, 301 Loop 567, Granbury, Texas 76048 - 817-573-5573.  That relocation center has now closed according to The Red Cross website.

The Humane Society of North Texas has a trailer in the Granbury area to help with animal control and displaced animals.  Their phone number is:  817-332-4768
Grumps Burgers 3503 East Highway 377, Granbury is offering to buy you lunch if you've been displaced by the storms.  How awesome is that!  Next time I'm in Granbury, I'm eating at Grumps Burgers.

From The Salvation Army website:

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornadoes:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to,, or


The Salvation Army has set up a mobile disaster kitchen at Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 Henderson Street, at 10:00 AM to serve meals for up to 125 people today. This service may continue until 7:00 PM or longer if needed.

TNT Builders will be out today in the Cleburne area offering emergency tarping for free - no strings attached.  What a great example of neighbors helping neighbors! 


The volunteer center closes at 7pm tonight and will reopen tomorrow morning at 7am.

Donations can be made through the American Red Cross on their website.

The Tarrant County Food Bank will have a food pantry set up on Saturday from 9am-11:30am at First United Methodist Church.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank will also accept food donations at 2600 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107.  Please see their acceptable list of non-perishable foods.

Donations of material items can be made to Mission Granbury by making arrangements at 817-614-2556.

Persons needing assistance from the Red Cross can call 817-335-9137.

Sheriff Deeds will hold a press conference at the HEB Media Staging area at 4pm today.

The affected area will remain closed and a time frame to reopen has not been set.

I'll update this post as soon as I get more information on how we can help. 

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