Dallas Area Tornado – December 2015

An aerial image taken Sunday, December 27, 2015 shows the path of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas. Violent storms ripped through the North Texas area late Saturday, spawning tornados that killed 11 people. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

On December 26 of 2015, tornadoes came into the Dallas-Fort Worth area inflicting great damage in a swath of destruction that hit North Midlothian-Glenn Heights in Ellis County to Garland and Rowlett in Dallas County and up into Collin County with loss of life before the storm system moved on into East Texas and other parts of the U.S.

In the first quarter of 2016, VRM continued the response to this storm that began on the night of December 26, 2015. After establishing a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Rowlett, VRM used this church as a hub to base operations that continued until January 16th. VRM help organize the church as a distribution center of donated relief supplies and gave emotional and spiritual care to church members and staff helping at the location. Operations were scaled back on January 4th, but continued until January 16th and ministry and help is continuing with a few families.

Highlights of the response through January 16th:

  • VRM Incident Command System stood up and VRM response teams came in from Collin County, East Texas, Greater Dallas area and Arlington and Grand Prairie.
  • VRM Chaplains were embedded with CERT teams that were out doing damage assessment and VRM Chaplains visited with neighbors to give emotional and spiritual support.
  • VRM supplied 10 Chaplains and Crisis Responders to the Red Cross Shelter at the Longview Elementary school in Ellis County thru January 3rd.
  • VRM teams provided care support to FBC Rowlett and the Methodist Church across the street for survivors coming in for help and information.
  • Manned a table at a Victim’s conference at Eastfield College in support of tornado victims.
  • Continued to monitor the recovery efforts and check with with partners and families that were affected by the storm.

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