On May 15, 10 tornadoes touched down overnight in Hood County, Texas and the surrounding areas. Six fatalities have been reported, with more than one hundred others injured from the storm. As a community member of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Aidmatrix is working diligently with our local partners responding to the tornadoes to connect the various response efforts.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said six people were killed when the
powerful storm struck a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in the area.
There were about 120 homes in the neighborhood and most of them were
destroyed, Deeds said. via CNN
thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected by the
devastating tornadoes in North Texas last night. As a resident of North Texas, we are currently
reaching out to all our local partners as they assess the situation. When we have more information, we will let you all know how you can best help those affected by this disaster," stated Melis Jones, Vice President - Programs at Aidmatrix.
Read how our partners at Adventist Community Services are responding
Thursday, May 16, 2013
For Immediate Release: 5/16/13
Contact: Celia Cole, 512-590-0659
Statement by Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN)
on the North Texas Tornado Emergency
“As a member of the Texas VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), TFBN is prepared to assist those affected by the tornadoes with food and water. Our regional member food banks, the North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank are currently assessing local emergency food systems in these communities for damage and possible re-supply. Other member food banks stand ready to deploy their resources as well.
“As soon as we have more information, we will let the media know how to direct people wanting to donate money, food or time to assist those affected by this emergency. In the meantime, please direct all volunteer or donation inquiries to Gaye Lynn Bailey, TFBN Disaster Coordinator at 817-531-3663.”
The Texas Food Bank Network provides a unified voice among food banks in support of their common mission to end hunger in Texas. Learn more at TFBN.org.
Tornado Hits North Texas
Tornadoes ripped through North Texas last night (5-16-13), killing 6 and injuring 100 others. There were about 120 homes destroyed. Gerald Mohr, Keene Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) Coordinator, is in contact with Hood and Johnson county personnel regarding ACS DR responding to the tornadoes. They are ready to deploy the Mobile Distrbution Unit, if needed, reports Sherry Watts, Texas ACS DR Assistant.
5/15/13 12:15 pm EST
ACS DR is responding to the tornado outbreak in the Granbury and Cleburne, TX area. There were ten tornadoes that affected the area, some up to F4 category. ACS DR volunteers are delivering water and other emergency supplies to a rural trailer park where hundreds of people lived. Along with the devastation from the tornado, their water supply was compromised. A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from the Arlington Church is en route to assist in whatever way they are able.
We are standing ready with the Mobile Distribution Unit, a semi-truck that contains pre-packaged clothing outfits, personal care kits, and blankets, ready to serve as needs are identified. ~Sherry Watts
Read the story from ACS
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
On Thursday, May 2, Aidmatrix hosted the 2013 Digital Ball Kickoff Luncheon, in celebration of a successful inaugural gala last November and in anticipation of an even bigger and better event for 2013. The Luncheon marks the first event of the Digital Ball season, which culminates in Aidmatrix’ annual fundraising gala on November 2. Proceeds from the Digital Ball raise essential funds to support Aidmatrix’ humanitarian relief efforts around the globe.
The Luncheon was met with overwhelming support, with more than 120 business, technology and nonprofit thought leaders in attendance and more than 50% growth compared to the 2012 Kickoff event. Guests included Aidmatrix Board of Directors and Executives, Digital Ball Planning Committee Members, and current and prospective IT Executive Hosts and Sponsors from companies such as Accenture, AT&T, Avanade, D Magazine, DFW Airport, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Epitec, Flowserve, Invensys, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Microsoft, Pyramid Consulting, RadioShack, Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas, Rent-A-Center, Safety-Kleen, Samuel Lynn Galleries, SIM RLF, Spych Market Analytics, Stream Energy, Tandy Leather Factory, Time Warner Cable Business Class, United Surgical Partners International, and US Renal Care, among many others.
Guest speakers included Andre Fuetsch, Senior Vice President – Information Technology at AT&T and John Ward, Managing Director at Accenture, who both highlighted their companies’ longstanding partnerships with Aidmatrix and outlined the benefits of participation from the IT Host and Sponsor perspectives, respectively. Gov. Scott McCallum, Aidmatrix President & CEO and Michael McGrath, Aidmatrix Board Chair and DecideBetter! Founder, also addressed the audience.
Special Guest Speakers: John Ward, Managing Director at Accenture; Gov. Scott McCallum, President & CEO at Aidmatrix; Andre Fuetsch, SVP – Information Technology at AT&T
For more information about the Aidmatrix Digital Ball or to see a listing of current IT Executive Hosts and Sponsors, please visit www.AidmatrixDB.com.
For more photos from the luncheon, visit the Aidmatrix Digital Ball Facebook page