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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RELIEF
When disaster strikes, CAFB is prepared to respond with food assistance and emergency supplies.
In addition to providing direct food and water assistance, CAFB works with Feeding America to obtain and transport federal and state food supplies to affected areas. In times of national disaster, CAFB is a collection point for local donations to be shipped to the disaster site.
Whether the emergencies are on an individual level, such as the loss of a job, or for larger disasters, as seen with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, CAFB Partner Agencies provide direct food assistance to the most vulnerable.
Central Texas Wildfires Disaster Relief
In September 2011, Wildfires in Central Texas burned thousands of acres and forced evacuations for many families. CAFB responded immediately by providing more than 318,000 pounds and $114,00 worth of food and emergency supplies as part of the disaster relief efforts. Through the swift and generous support of the community, CAFB was able to help families like the Millers. Watch the video below to hear their story.
Hurricane Disaster Relief
When Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma devastated the Gulf Coast and Florida in August and September 2005, CAFB was there to respond with food, water and emergency supplies for local evacuees arriving in Central Texas. CAFB was a local collection point for donations after Hurricane Katrina. More than 2 million pounds of food, water and cleaning supplies were sent to the Gulf Coast.
When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast with the full force of a Category 4 hurricane, it didn't just destroy property. It devastated lives. Central Texans worked through CAFB to help. Here are just a few of their stories.
Who do I contact in case of emergency?
Call 2-1-1 to get information about services in your community. If you are calling from outside of Texas or have technical difficulties when dialing 2-1-1, please dial the toll-free number 1-877-541-7905. Visit the 2-1-1 Texas Web site.
Health and Human Services Commission
HHSC provides several programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP (food stamps), nutritional programs and disaster assistance.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a non-governmental agency that is often the first responder in major emergencies. In addition to providing shelter, food, and mental health and health services to address basic needs, they also feed emergency workers, handle inquiries from concerned family members, provide blood and blood products to disaster victims, and help those affected by disaster access other available resources.
For additional information, including special tips for seniors, children, people with disabilities and pet owners, visit www.prepare.org.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army's Texas Division, a non-governmental relief agency, responds to emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Some chapters have mobile kitchens equipped to serve hot meals.
How do I learn about local disaster preparedness planning?
The Governor's Division of Emergency Management provides all-hazard emergency management for the state and for assisting cities, counties and state agencies in planning and implementing disaster preparation and response efforts.