On the evening of December 26, 2015 an EF-3 tornado struck Rowlett that damaged hundreds of homes and businesses in Rockwall County. Due to the advanced warning time and rescue actions of first responders, there were no fatalities reported within the City of Rowlett or Rockwall County.
Rowlett and Rockwall County are now in the recovery phase of disaster operations. The recovery process is ongoing and can take days,weeks, and even months for those residences and businesses that were heavily damaged or destroyed. The Cities of Rowlett and Garland have established a Joint Disaster Management Resource Center, located at the Granger Recreation Center,1310 W. Avenue F in Garland,
972-205-2771. This joint center offers volunteers, residents impacted by the tornado, and the organizations offering resources a “one-stop-shop” to connect.
The center will operate three components:
Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) – Disaster volunteers will be registered and referred to local agencies to assist with relief efforts.
Client Disaster Services Center- residents impacted by the event can get assistance/access to a multitude of resources and recovery agencies.
Donations Management -Voluntary organizations with established donations structures in place to receive and deliver appropriate donated goods to disaster victims.
The Joint Disaster Management Resource Center will operate daily from 10 am to 6 pm. DART is offering free bus shuttle service to-and-from the Joint Disaster Management Resource Center for residents affected by the tornado. Buses will run from Herfurth Elementary School,located on Miller at Chiesa, daily from 9:30am until 6:30pm.
Additional Referral Resources:
Rockwall County Emergency Management – 972-204-7080 facebook.com/rcemo
Helping Hands of Rockwall County- 972-771-HELP (4357)
Rockwall County Judge David Sweet
101 E. Rusk, Room 202 • Rockwall, Texas 75087