Winter Storm – Press Release 02/19/21

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK RAISING FUNDS & PREPARING FOR MORE VOLUNTEER DEPLOYMENTS IN RESPONSE TO SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

Austin, TX, Feb. 19, 2021 In response to the devastation caused by severe winter weather in the Greater Austin area, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) today announced it is raising funds to cover costs associated with response efforts.

The organization – which, has so far deployed hundreds of volunteers to warming centers and shelters; mobilized and managed hundreds of 4×4 drivers transporting people and supplies; equipped the City of Austin and Travis County with generators for shelters; helped 10 churches launch shelters; and donated pallets of food, water and additional supplies to organizations and shelters throughout the city – needs funds to continue responding to the disaster and providing assistance to the City of Austin and Travis County.

“We’ve given everything we can to the churches, warming centers and shelters,” Daniel Geraci, ADRN’s executive director said. “Our staff is working overtime to meet the needs of those impacted and we expect those needs to increase in the coming days. Already, hundreds of homes and apartments in the City of Austin have experienced flooding caused by burst pipes. That number is expected to rise as the ice thaws. There have also been a number of home fires caused by space heaters. We anticipate a lot of muck-out and clean-up work, water distribution work and much more.”

WINTER STORM FUNDRAISER

Tax-deductible gifts in the form of monetary donations can be made online at https://adrn.org/give by clicking on the button under “Winter Storm – Support for Central Texas Residents.”

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER DEPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

In the coming days, ADRN plans to deploy both ADRN-certified and non-certified volunteers to water distribution centers, home muck-outs and debris clean-ups. ADRN certified volunteers will continue to be deployed to warming centers and shelters managed by the City of Austin and Travis County as long as needed.