By Stephanie Moffett, FEMA Region 6 Public Affairs Specialist
FEMA Region VI staff recently attended and participated in the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Recovery Division Director Greg Eaton served as one of the event’s main speakers – highlighting the good work done by North Texas Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and the North Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes in North Texas in early April.
“This conference was the perfect opportunity to highlight the great work done by CERT and the VOADs in Texas,” Eaton said. “I know that without the CERTs and VOADs, the recovery from those April twisters would not have happened so quickly.”
In the aftermath of those tornadoes, 20 CERTs responded to multiple requests for assistance, with the total CERT volunteers numbering between 150 and 200. The VOAD groups in Dallas and Tarrant counties also helped giving such things as food and clothing to survivors.
“The VOADs in Dallas County and Tarrant County have done some amazing work after the April tornado outbreak,” FEMA Region Voluntary Agency Liaison Jamie Dake said. “They have provided the necessities of life for people who had, in some instances, lost everything they owned.”
At the end of the Texas Unites Conference, Region VI Individual Assistance staffer Sharen Arnold presented certificates of appreciation to representatives from the Tarrant and Dallas county VOAD groups.