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World Vision rushing critical supplies to disaster zone following deadly Texas tornadoes

  • Supplies being prepared now for deployment Friday
  • Rancho Brazos neighborhood saw 240 homes damaged or destroyed and six killed

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Amy Parodi
World Vision Media Relations Deputy Director
253.709.3190 (c)

Dallas, TX (May 16, 2013) — Christian humanitarian organization World Vision is rushing supplies to families affected by last night’s deadly tornadoes in north Texas. Ten storms, which struck in succession overnight, destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least six people.

World Vision is responding with a truckload of relief supplies that will target the most vulnerable children and families in the hardest hit areas. World Vision’s relief supplies include emergency food kits, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, blankets and tarps.

“We currently have teams assessing the area,” said World Vision’s director of Domestic Disaster Response, Phyllis Freeman. “But we already know that children and families in the Rancho Bravos community will need support. Many had recently received homes through Habitat for Humanity, and now, they’ve lost everything.”

World Vision’s Domestic Disaster Response warehouse is strategically located in the region to respond to disasters like these. “This is our community,” said Freeman. “We’re going to make sure that we take care of our neighbors.”

Assisting in preparations to deploy relief supplies, employees at JPMorgan Chase will assemble 500 emergency supply kits tomorrow at 9 a.m. at World Vision’s Domestic Disaster Headquarters in Grand Prairie. In 2012, nearly 3,000 JPMorgan Chase employees nationwide worked together to create almost 40,000 emergency relief and school supply packs that were distributed to countries and cities across the United States.

In 2012, World Vision’s Domestic Disaster Response team provided relief for more than 47,000 beneficiaries, including more than 30,000 children. This year, World Vision continues to assist the most vulnerable affected by Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey and has provided relief and rebuilding supplies to those affected by tornado damage in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

To set up an interview on-site, please reach out to local media contact Rafael Munoz at 214.991.0476.

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