North Central Texas Wildfires: Press Release 4.13.09


Red Cross in Wildfire Ravaged Areas to Help Victims

Caseworkers to Meet with Affected Families at Assistance Centers and in Neighborhoods

FORT WORTH, TX (April 13, 2009) Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are in the cities of Sunset and Stoneburg in Montague County today to do community outreach to families affected by the wildfires.

The Red Cross encourages all affected residents to visit the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Assistance Center (VOADAC) at one of the following locations:

Monday, April 13, 1 p.m. – dark
Montague Volunteer Fire Dept
1000 Grand St,
Montague, TX 76521

Tuesday, April 14, 1 p.m. – dark
Christian Mission Church
2381 Hwy. 380 West
Jacksboro, TX 76458

Nineteen volunteer agencies, including the Red Cross, will be present to help the victims of this disaster with a variety of resources. The Red Cross will have caseworkers available to sit down with individuals and families to determine immediate disaster-related needs. Affected residents are encouraged to speak with their caseworker about all disaster-caused needs to see how they can help. Assistance is determined on case-by-case individual family’s needs and may vary from one household to another.

The Red Cross will also be offering snacks and drinks at the VOADACs, and affected residents will have access to bulk items such as diapers, formula, blankets, comfort kits with hygiene items such as toothbrushes and wash cloths, and more.

Additional locations and times where Red Cross caseworkers will be available to assist affected residents:

• Tuesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 15, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Goldburg Elementary School (in Stoneburg)
468 Prater Rd.
(Stoneburg) Bowie, TX 76230
• Tuesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 15, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Old Sunset Fire Department (across from Sunset Fire Department)
2277 State Hwy. 101
Sunset, TX 76270
• Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Montague County Courthouse
101 E. Franklin
Montague, TX 76251

If residents are unable to participate during these times, Red Cross assistance will still be available. The Red Cross will be present in the affected communities until services are no longer needed. Residents affected by the wildfires and needing Red Cross assistance are encouraged to contact their local Red Cross:

• North Central Texas Chapter (Wichita Falls): (940) 322-8686
• Chisholm Trail Chapter (Fort Worth): (817) 335-9137

Since the onset of the disaster, the Red Cross has provided more than 1,300 meals and 3,500 snacks to emergency responders and victims of the wildfires.

Individuals interested in helping victims of disaster can make a donation to the American Red Cross or contact their local chapter to volunteer. To make a donation, contact your local Red Cross, call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit

The Red Cross response is changing regularly to meet the growing needs of the affected residents. The Red Cross will provide updates as more information becomes available. Follow us on Twitter at

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