Storm Assistance Information




From Jewish Family Service:

Dallas Tornado Resources

After a disaster, there is a lot to consider and work to be done.  Many questions to be answered, resources to both gather and disseminate and still a lot of unknowns.  At Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, we are here to help.  We have set up  dedicated webpage and our Intake Team is ready to support you in your hour of need.  Even if you are still unsure of what’s next.  We are an ear to listen, a vehicle to gather resources and a place to get the latest on the news around the aftermath and rebuilding from the Dallas tornado.

Information, as we have it, will be updated on both on this page of our website and on our Facebook page.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer, please scroll down on this page.

Community Resources:

Dallas County Updates:

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas is a member organization of the Dallas County -Volunteer Organizations Aiding in Disaster (VOAD).  As a member agency, we receive updates from the Dallas County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and their recommended response from our organizations in the time of a disaster.  As of the most recent report from the VOAD and Dallas EOC, they have indicated the following:

  • The Bachman Recreation Center is currently open as a shelter for those in need. The address is 2750 Bachman Drive.
  • Dallas County is still assessing the damage and many streets are dangerous and impassable. They recommend staying off the streets in the affected areas. Street closures can be found on the City’s website at
  • Public Works is currently working around the clock to clean up debris in the right-of-way but anticipates clean up will take approximately 2 weeks.  Please call 311 or visit if you encounter debris in rights-of-way or downed trees.
  • In the interest of safety, the Dallas Police Department urges residents in the areas heavily impacted remain indoors from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. from today through Thursday.
  • If you know of someone who needs help, have them call 911 if injured or 211 if they need information on resources.
  • Ongoing updates from Dallas County

JFS Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Needs for 10/23-10/25:

  1. Welfare calls — With so many in our JFS family impacted directly by the tornado, we will be calling all of our donors and volunteers that live in the affected area. Please join for a shift so that we can reach everyone as quickly as possible.
  2. Food Pantry Stockers — As we anticipate an increase in food pantry clients this week, we need to ensure our shelves are fully stocked.
  3. Kosher Home Delivered Meals Drivers — Our homebound clients that receive these meals each week are still counting on us to deliver. With several of our volunteers impacted by the storm, we need fill-in drivers in order to make all of these deliveries.

Looking to donate? Visit our donation page and add “Dallas Tornado” to the comments section.

Network of Community Ministries

741 S. Sherman Street, Richardson

For storm victims in need of food, clothing and other supports, Network will be open starting Tuesday morning 10/22 at 9 until 6, (and until noon on Friday). We encourage you to pass this message on to families in need, and to your community so that they can make others aware.


Network will also accept donations of food and clothing for those impacted by the recent storms starting 10/22, between 9 and 6, continuing through Thursday, and until noon on Friday. Those wanting to make cash donations for these items can click HERE to donate.

From a Dallas City Council’s Facebook Post:

Storm update – streets & how to help:

Per DPD, updated street closures as of 12 noon today, 10/22/19 are as follows:

Street Closures for the North Central Section of the City:
Preston/St Marks
Hillcrest/Walnut Hill

Street Closures for the Northwest Section of the City:
Marsh Lane/Walnut Hill Lane
Harry Hines Boulevard/Manana Drive
Denton Drive/Lombardy Lane
Walnut Hill Lane/Monroe Drive
Harry Hines Boulevard/Walnut Hill Lane
Walnut Hill Lane/Webb Chapel Road
Walnut Hill Lane/Midway Road
Shady Trail/Andjon Drive
Walnut Hill Lane/Marsh Lane
Shady Trail/Southwell Road
Shady Trail/Manana Drive
Walnut Hill Lane/Shady Trail
Harry Hines Boulevard/Brenner Drive
James Parker/Electronic
Harry Hines Boulevard/Lombardy Lane
Harry Hines Boulevard/Myrtle Springs
Harry Hines/Southwell
Brockbank/Walnut Hill Lane
Webb Chapel/Park Lane
Marsh Lane/Seguin
10100 Marsh Lane
3700 Walnut Hill
DFR Command Post
Royal Lane DFR Station
Program /Composite Drive
Strait/Walnut Hill Lane

Many people have asked how to help the storm victims and there are no shortage of needs. Here are two that mean a lot to me:

Walnut Hill Elementary is a Dallas ISD school that is a total loss from the storm. There is a fundraiser for supplies and needed school items as the students are relocated to other schools. The funds go to the Walnut Hill Elem PTA, which can buy things without going through a public procurement process, but still has oversight by the community PTA board members. If you would like to donate, here is the link:….

Thomas Jefferson High School in DISD is also a total loss. This is an Amazon wish list where the items will be shipped to Thomas Edison Middle School and give to the TJ staff. Here’s the link:….

Formal groups wanting to help with debris clean-up, email Carrie at

Individuals can register at

Groups wanting to provide food for First Responders or others, email Carrie at

Individuals looking for ways to help those impacted by the recent storms may consider making a monetary donation to the City of Dallas Emergency Assistance Fund. At this time, no additional items are needed.