North Texas 2015 Christmas Tornadoes

2015 Christmas Tornadoes

The North Texas Conference is assessing the damage from the December 26, 2015, tornadoes and storms.
As we learn more, updates will be posted here and on the North Texas Conference Facebook Page

Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who have had businesses and homes destroyed or damaged, and those who are responding.

For Survivors

For assistance with your unmet needs, please contact our Recovery Office. Meetings will be arranged by appointment only.

Contact Person:
Macy Crone, Case Management Supervisor
NTC Recovery Office
469-243-1008
recovery@ntcumc.org

Location:
First UMC of Rowlett
4405 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088

Hours:
Monday through Wednesday: 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

For Volunteers

At this time, there is not a program set up to utilize volunteer labor with rebuilding efforts. Other volunteer opportunities may be available on
www.voly.org

For Churches

If you have any questions about survivor assistance, please contact Rev. Marji Hill at 972-526-5000 x220.

Donations

For updates and information on how to donate including church and individual donations, please click here.

Those wishing to send checks for tornado relief should make them out to the North Texas Conference and mail them to:


P.O. Box 866128
Plano, TX 75086

The note on the check should read “North Texas Conference Disaster Relief.”

Donate Online to The North Texas Disaster Relief Fund

ERT Training

Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.

February 6, 2016

UMCOR Early Response Training Basic and Recertification

Register

February 20, 2016

UMCOR Early Response Training Basic and Recertification

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Latest News on 2015 Christmas Storms

  • Update on Tornado Response: February 1, 2016
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    Tornado relief efforts have now moved into the longest phase of recovery. That means participating agencies are working together to provide services to survivors, do creative problem-solving on their behalf, follow up with them, and try to fill unmet needs, such as replacing items and doing housing repairs.

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  • Connections Band presents Hearts for North Texas: February 12, 2016
    Connections Band presents Hearts for North Texas: February 12

    The Connections Band will present Hearts for North Texas: Bringing Back the ’70s, a concert on Friday, February 12, 2016, to aid in tornado relief. This concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen.

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  • Methodists Caught in Tornadoes Tell of Horror, Survival
    storm damage

    St. Paul UMC member Yvette Hemphill Green, her 21-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old niece were in the den of their Garland home when the EF4 tornado struck. Here is her account of surviving.

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  • January 5, 2016: Central Texas Conference ERTs Lead Ellis County Tornado Response
    January 5

    If not for the twinkling lights, inflatable snowmen and stockings hung by the chimney with care, it would be easy to believe it was time to make summer vacation plans, not set the GPS for over the river and through the woods to get to Grandma’s.

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  • God and Tornadoes by Rev. Jan Davis: January 3, 2016
    God and Tornadoes by Rev. Jan Davis: January 3

    Rev. Jan Davis, pastor of First Rowlett United Methodist Church, preached a sermon called “Arise and Shine” days after tornadoes ripped through her community. Many of her congregation’s members lost their homes or had them badly damaged by the fierce storms. This is a portion of her sermon on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

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  • ERT trainees at January 2, 2016 class talk about responding to disaster
    ERT trainees at January 2

    After just few minutes of sitting in on the Early Response Team ( ERT) Training, held recently at First UMC Garland, and it was clear, this was serious business. The room full of men and women, young and old sat around tables and looked intently at photos of homes damaged by disaster projected on a screen.

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  • Tornado Relief Items needed at FUMC Rowlett as of January 3, 2016
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    Read for items needed as of January 3, 2016. Also information on who to contact for different types of needs and for different agencies and how to help. Also, a link to donate online.

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  • ERT training scheduled for January 9, February 6 and February 20, 2016
    ERT training scheduled for January 9

    Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.

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  • Disaster Resource Center to Remain Open Until January 10, 2016, to Aid Tornado Victims
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    The Disaster Resource Center, located at Granger Recreation Center, will be open until Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. The Center provides a convenient central location for volunteers, local agencies, and residents impacted by the December 26, 2015 tornadoes, a place to connect. Since the Center’s opening, more than 700 families have been assisted.

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  • Collin County Tornado Update: January 5, 2016
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    Jason Lane, the Emergency Manager for Collin County, reports that everything is under control for the Copeville/Verona area of Collin County regarding clean-up. Teams have already been assigned.

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  • Christmas Tornado Update: January 4, 2016
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    Starting tomorrow, January 5, 2016, Garland High School is no longer available for parking for volunteers reporting to the Disaster Recovery Center at Granger Recreation Center. Please park at the recreation center from this point forward.

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  • Christmas Tornado Update: December 30, 2015
    Update on Tornado Response: February 1

    On December 26, 2015, destructive tornadoes hit the North Texas area. Here is the data that we have gathered as of now. FUMC Garland, Blue Ridge UMC, St. Paul UMC, Farmersville UMC and FUMC Rowlett have members with destroyed or damaged homes.

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  • NTC Offers Cleanup Assistance for Rowlett, Garland Tornado Victims: December 30, 2015
    NTC Offers Cleanup Assistance for Rowlett

    The MARC (Multi Agency Resource Center), VRC (Volunteer Reception Center), and the Donations facility to assist people affected by the Garland and Rowlett tornadoes will be opening on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The facility is located at 1310 W. Avenue F, Garland, Texas 75040.

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  • Cornerstone UMC offers free child care for families affected by December 26, 2015 Tornadoes
    Cornerstone UMC offers free child care for families affected by December 26

    In an effort to serve, Cornerstone United Methodist Church is offering free child care for the families affected by the December 26, 2015, tornadoes to allow parents time to focus on their families’ immediate needs. Cornerstone UMC is located reasonably close to the affected Garland and Rowlett communities at 7502 N. Garland Ave., Garland, Texas.

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  • Update on December 26, 2015 Storms
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    The North Texas Conference is assessing the damage from last night’s tornadoes and storms. We have not heard of damage to any of our churches, but we are aware of significant damage in several areas. As we learn more, updates will be posted on the North Texas Conference website. At this time there is nothing to do.

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  • Shelter Locations for those impacted by the December 26, 2015 Storms
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    If you or someone you know has been affected by the December 26, 2015, storms in Rowlett, Midlothian or Garland please advise them of these shelter locations. Anyone who has been impacted by the storms in those general areas is urged to come to the shelter for a safe place to stay.

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  • Donations to assist survivors of the December 26, 2015 Tornadoes
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    A special fund has been set up to assist the survivors of the December 26 tornadoes. United Methodist donations will make a difference in the lives of the families affected by the Christmas tornadoes.

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  • 2015 Christmas Tornado Relief Information
    Cross and Flame

    Last evening, tornadoes swept through the Dallas area resulting in several deaths and injuries as well as destruction and damage to homes and businesses. Thousands of people have been affected. We, the United Methodists of the North Texas Conference, have prayed for them in worship services this morning and we will continue praying in the days ahead.

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  • December 27, 2015 mid-day update provide by Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk
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    As you know, Rowlett was hit by a large tornado last night. The National Weather Service has classified the tornado as an EF3. In the light of the day, we can now begin to see the impact this storm has had and it is nothing short of catastrophic.

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