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Storm Response Update
and Ways to Help
 
Helping Storm Victims
     
 

We want to share information related to supporting all those affected by the storm on Sunday, October 20. We have been made aware of students and staff members who have sustained significant damage to their property and many who are displaced. Click the image above to view the latest update from Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone.

RISD is working to coordinate our response efforts, including ways to help and we want to provide the following information and resources:

IMPACTED FAMILIES
If you are a family who has been impacted by the storm, please reach out to your campus counselor as they are the local contact for each campus. They have information to provide you about local resources, including where to get clothing, food and school supplies. They will also be able to help coordinate any other specific needs you may have at this time.

IMPACTED STAFF
If you are an RISD employee who has been impacted by the storm, please reach out to Misty Wilson (misty.wilson@risd.org) in the Human Resources Department, as she is the district contact for coordinating employee needs. She has information to provide you about local resources and support. She will also be able to coordinate any other specific needs you may have at this time.

Counseling Resources Line
The district has set up a phone line for anyone in need of counseling resources. The phone number is 469-593-7400. Counseling Services Support personnel are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. to receive calls and provide information about available local resources.

Aetna Resources for Living
Employees and family members can contact Aetna Resources for Living for help even if they are not a TRS-ActiveCare member. They can get help with more than emotional support.

They can call Resources for Living if they have been displaced and need to find temporary housing, if they need to find house repair professionals, if they need to find transportation, and if they need emotional support.

Employees and family members can contact Aetna EAP at 833-327-AETNA (1-833-327-2386) for telephonic consultation to help cope with the emotional impact of this traumatizing situation. Please see this flyer for more information.

 

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO HELP
We have identified local opportunities to donate and/or volunteer to support our storm response efforts:

RISD Clothes Closet
They have currently identified the following needed donations ( last updated 10/28 at 8:46 a.m.):

  • 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for all hair types (children and adults)
  • Toothpaste for children and adults
  • Girls jeans and pants, sizes 6, 7, 8
  • Boys husky jeans / uniform chinos in sizes 8-14
  • Women's underwear size 5 (all sizes accepted)
  • Gently used winter coats
  • New athletic shoes

People wishing to donate can bring items to the Clothes Closet office every Monday morning between 9:30-Noon at 1239 W. Belt Line Road (across the street from Richardson High School). Donations are also being accepted in the lobby of the the RISD Administration Building at 400 S. Greenville Avenue during the following hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Network of Community Ministries

Update - 10/31/19
So far, nearly 250 families who were impacted by the October 20 tornado and storms have come to the Network of Community Ministries for help. However, there are more families within the RISD service area who need help and may not know about Network, or who may not be albe to come during regular business hours.

If you know someone who needs help and cannot come to Network during normal business hours (Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.and Friday 9 .a.m.- noon), they can contact kblair@thenetwork.org or call 972-234-8880 extension 110, and Network personnel will make arrangements to help.

Current Donation Needs

  • They can help anyone who has been impacted - from families with no electricity to those that have severe damage or total loss of their home.
  • They are currently seeking the following donations, which can be delivered to their facility located at 741 S. Sherman Street in Richardson:
    • New houseware items, including dishes, pots/pans, bakeware, silverware. New items preferred but gently used items will be accepted if packaged and labeled.
    • Linens and sheet sets (any size), dish and bath towels
    • Monetary donations are being accepted on their website: https://thenetwork.org
  • Volunteers can also come anytime to their facility on Sherman Street to lend a hand

City of Richardson Volunteer Coordination Center
The City has received several requests for information about what residents and organizations can do in response to the recent tornado event. To assist in making these connections, a Volunteer Coordination Center will open Thursday, October 24, 2019 to connect volunteers with victims in need.

People wishing to register to volunteer or request assistance can call 972-744-0900 beginning Thursday, Oct. 24 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Volunteer Coordination Center Time/Location
    Richardson’s Huffhines Recreation Center is serving as the Volunteer Coordination Center. It is located at: 200 N Plano Rd., Richardson, TX 75081

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Important City of Richardson information for residents

 

We want to express heartfelt gratitude to all who have worked to assess and repair damage at our facilities, the first responders from Dallas, Richardson, and Garland, as well as everyone in the community who is always there in support of our students and staff. Thank you!

 
     
 
 
 
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400 S. Greenville Ave.
Richardson, Texas 75081
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