Winter Storm 2021 Response – Press Release 02/22/21

SHOWERS, LAUNDRY, AND CRISIS CLEAN UP HELP NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH ADRN CHURCHES AND OTHER COLLABORATIONS FOR CENTRAL TEXAS RESIDENTS NEEDING HELP

Austin, Texas, February 22, 2021 The Austin Disaster Relief Network is collaborating with four area churches from its network to provide shower and laundry locations for local residents who don’t have access to clean water as a result of the recent winter storms. Residents who need access to these services can sign up at ADRN.org to reserve time slots for a warm shower and fresh clean clothes.

“Hundreds of residents still don’t have access to water following the devastation of the winter storm last week, and may be out of service for several more days or even weeks,” said ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci. “Burst pipes and other ongoing water issues mean they don’t have access to basic necessities such as showers and cleaning laundry. These four network churches have stepped up to serve our community and help our neighbors by providing these basic services to keep their families healthy.”

The following locations will open today and tomorrow to begin providing access to warm clean showers and laundry units – residents MUST sign up in advance through ADRN.org for a designated time slot before arriving at the locations:

    • OPEN STARTING TODAY
      Northwest Austin: City Reach Church (3502 Hatch Road, Cedar Park 78623)
      Southwest Austin: Austin Oaks Church (4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin 78749)
    • OPEN STARTING TOMORROW
      Northeast Austin: Our Savior Lutheran Church (1513 East Yager Lane, Austin 78756)
      Southeast Austin: Shoreline Church – South Campus (2008 Brandt. Rd., Austin 78744)

Residents will need to bring their own towels, soap and shampoo for showers, and provide their own laundry detergent to use the facilities.

CRISIS CLEAN UP HOTLINE FOR CENTRAL TEXAS HOMEOWNERS

Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), Central Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (CTX VOAD) and the volunteer management platform; Crisis Clean Up are collaborating with the Counties of Bastrop, Hays, Travis, Williamson to include the cities of Austin and Round Rock in a massive “Clean Up” effort. This effort has begun today to assist Central Texans in clearing homes and removing debris as a result of the recent winter storm. Homeowners who have few resources and abilities, can request assistance in the removal of fallen trees, limbs, interiors of home water damage and other storm related damage.

Residents in Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties can call the “Crisis Clean Up” toll free number at 1-800-329-8052 requesting assistance to clean up their home and/or debris. Home cleanups will take priority between the two. Client information will then be shared with a network of volunteer organizations. These organizations will coordinate cleanup with homeowners and will ultimately deploy their volunteers to homeowner locations to assist in clearing the debris and removing interior water/storm related damage.“Hundreds of residents across the region have suffered tremendous damage during this past week of snow and ice,” said ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci. “Homes flooded as frozen pipes burst, and a several houses were damaged or lost in fires caused by space heaters. These are devastating circumstances and we can come together as a community to help these people recover and rebuild so they can return to safe and clean homes.”

The “Crisis Clean Up” line will operate Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm.
Homeowners can register for assistance through the “Crisis Clean Up” number until Tuesday, March 2.

Volunteer crews will begin deploying today from ADRN network churches and other organizations to begin the cleanup effort.

DONATIONS NEEDED

Monetary donations, in the form of financial funds, are still needed at this time to help ADRN provide support to those who’ve experienced weather-related disasters. Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, and/or supplies needed to meet immediate and long-term needs. To make a tax-deductible gift to support disaster survivors, go online to adrn.org/give.

SURVIVOR HOTLINE

Families seeking information about disaster relief support should call ADRN’s Survivor Hotline at 512-806-0800.