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December 13, 2007 


Four Local Non-Profits Create New Disaster Response Partnership


American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas Come Together to Help the Local Community

DALLAS, TX – As ice storms continue to wreak havoc across the mid-west portion of the country, thousands of people are doing their best to navigate dangerous roadways, stay warm and keep their families fed. Emergency responders have been working around the clock to restore power, clear car accidents and run shelters. As North Texans, we must ask how we would respond if it were our community experiencing this disaster. Through a new non-profit partnership, four large response organizations in the local area don’t have to wonder how they would respond, because they already know.

The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas have been working throughout the past year to build the first-ever Mass Care Partnership so that when a catastrophic disaster occurs, each agency will work with the others to deliver efficient services to disaster victims.

“This Mass Care partnership makes it possible for each of our organizations to have a specific role in a catastrophic disaster relief operation,” said Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Dallas Area Chapter. “We know that a disaster means people will need a safe place to stay and food to eat immediately. Through our partnership, the Red Cross will open and manage the shelters. The North Texas Food Bank will collect needed food items that will be provided to the Salvation Army. From there, the Salvation Army will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to ensure that no family in our shelter goes hungry.”

Volunteers are always a critical component when a large disaster strikes, but managing an influx of newly inspired volunteers can be a challenge. That’s where the Volunteer Center of North Texas comes in.

Because agencies like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are first on scene, people often want to volunteer for these organizations. The Volunteer Center of North Texas has worked through this partnership in order to give volunteers all of the information and training they need to make a difference in the lives of others.

But volunteers don’t have to wait for a catastrophic event to get involved. After the first of the year, the Volunteer Center of North Texas will pre-train persons who are interested in becoming volunteers in the event of a major disaster. They’ll be banked in a comprehensive database, allowing them to hit the ground running when the time comes. 

Through the Mass Care Partnership, each agency has a role to play, including financial assistance, relief supplies, food, water, donated goods and volunteer management. Together, these four North Texas non-profit organizations are committed to making a large-scale disaster response as stress free as possible for North Texans.

So if an ice storm were to pummel North Texas, residents would have a safe place to go, food to eat and needed supplies. And those who wanted to help would have a way to do so.

“Service to people in need. That’s what it’s all about,” said Jan Pruitt, chief executive officer, North Texas Food Bank. “And that’s why we’re all committed to this partnership. We know there will come a time when it will matter a great deal to the people here in our community. We stand not only ready, but prepared to serve when that time comes.”

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North Texas Food Bank
4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road
Dallas, TX 75236 - 2028

CONTACTS:
Colleen Townsley Brinkmann
Chief Marketing Officer
Office (214) 347-9594
colleen@ntfb.org

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About the North Texas Food Bank:

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a member of America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, is a nonprofit center for food distribution that procures donated surplus food and transfers it in usable quantities to 764 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. Last year, 32 million pounds of food were distributed. Each month, agency pantries distributed food to more than 43,000 families, and on-site meal programs served 410,000 meals/snacks. To learn more visit www.ntfb.org.

 

 

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