North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

North Texas hit by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26. (Photo: GJ McCarthy)

American Airlines gave $100,000 to the American Red Cross for the victims of last Saturday’s tornados, and now watch out: Texas Realtors are kicking in.

As the needs of those impacted by the tornados on December 26 are evolving, MetroTex is responding in a variety of ways to help. Here’s what we’ve done so far and how you can help further:

Online, MetroTex has created a resource page with information about where to donate, volunteer, find relief and precautions to take. We are updating the site as more information becomes available.

A formal request has been sent to TAR to help activate the Realtors Relief Fund for any Realtors or members affected by the killer storm — we know of at least two.

  • President Russell Berry has appointed a Tornado Relief Task Force. This task force will be meeting to organize efforts and a plan of action to assist members who may have been affected by the devastating storms.
  • MetroTex has sent a formal request to the Texas Association of REALTORS, requesting that they activate the Texas REALTORS Relief Fund. Information on how to obtain assistance will be forthcoming and posted at the MetroTex Cares Page.

But MetroTex needs your help. Please provide them with the name, address and contact information for any MetroTex REALTOR and Affiliate members you know who have been impacted by the tornados in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Ellis counties.

If you can help, please consider donating cash or gift cards rather than material goods. Find out where to donate. The exception is the bottled water drive organized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) North Texas Chapter, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Dallas Fort Worth Chapter, Dallas Association of Realtists (DAR). You can contact them at 214-876-4567 or go to the NAHREP Facebook page for more information.

MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust is a 501(c)(3) foundation that can be utilized to help support relief efforts for MetroTex members. Should you wish to make a cash donation for the benefit of MetroTex members please follow the directions below:

Checks should be made payable to “MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust” and kindly write “Tornado Damage Assistance” on the check stub or on the memo line of the check. Checks can be mailed to: 8201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247, Attn: Cecilia Beerer.

If you prefer to make a credit card payment, please contact Cecilia Beerer at 214-540-2707 and she can assist with processing the payment over the phone.

Donations to the MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust are fully tax deductible, and we will mail receipts to all donors during the next few weeks.

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

I was thinking about this yesterday: with 500 plus homes needing repair in Rowlett, the scam artists will be making their way to Rowlett soon to rip off those who have already been ripped off by Mother Nature! Don’t let them! The Dallas Builder’s Association has come to the rescue offering tips and guidelines to help make sure the contractor not only gives you quality service but is scrupulous. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to ask any of the builders in this group for a first, second or third opinion. As you know, we have our CandysDirt.com Hot Builders, preferred home builders who we vet, know and trust. Any one of them can build us a house or put one back together. We here at CandysDirt.com will keep an ear to the ground, too, and are here for you for questions, help and suggestions.

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Dallas Builders Association Offers Guidance to Protect Residents from Further Damage Following North Texas Storms (more…)

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This is what’s left of Joseph Hewey’s house. Joseph is an agent with William Davis Realty in Uptown.

“Homeless in a matter of minutes” he wrote on FaceBook, then later this note:

Thank you all for your prayers and post so glad me chris, and or dog abby is ok rain would not us get to the house today and not much to salvage just feel so helpless. Thank you Rick Davis for taking us shopping so we had more than the close on our back and to Melanee Akens for letting us crash at her house, picking us up and helping our neighbors get out of the rubble.

A Go Fund Me fund has been started for Joseph, and also for JP & Associates agent Justin Blackburn, whose home looks like this (here is Justin’s website):

Justin Blackburn

Please try and help these fine agents rebuild their homes and get their lives back together, along with the others whose homes have been turned upside down by this storm.

Rowlett tornado pic

photo: birchmencolonizer on Reddit

By now we have all heard, and seen, the expanse of sad devastation that is the current condition of many neighborhoods in North Texas after violent storms ripped and ravaged North Texas the day after Christmas, 2015. Violent storms spawned 9 separate tornadoes that killed 11 people. Three of those killed were north in Blue Ridge and Copeville and include an infant, 8 were blown away in Garland driving in their cars on Interstate 30 when tornado winds pushed their cars off the overpass like toy autos.

Your’s truly here was also on the road, driving south on the Dallas North Tollway, furiously trying to make it home and to our shelter. Our phones were alerting us to the storm.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Rowlett tornado, which damaged 446 homes (101 are total losses) has been classified as an EF4, with winds up to 180 mph, according to the Weather Service. The tornado that killed two people in Copeville has been classified as an EF2. The winds reached 125 mph. The storms hit about 6:45 p.m. Saturday night, when it was dark. The rain came next and pelted the area. By morning damage could be assessed and then still more rain, including hail, and a major temperature drop.

As tropical and warm as Christmas Day had been, the day after Christmas brought furious devastation from Mother Nature.

Rowlett tornado from the sky

Heather Ethridge took this shot Saturday night while flying over Dallas

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Dallas tornado

This comes from an article from our archives that is so timely today after the loss of life and property that hit our area last night about 6:45 p.m. Thank God for our sophisticated storm alert system. Mine came across as I was driving 60 mph down the Dallas North Tollway, flinching from the lightning display to the south and east.

Some people driving on the I-30 overpass near George W. Bush were not so fortunate.

storm shelter under staircase

We built a storm room in our home, located under the front hall stairs. Residential safe rooms are becoming a popular protection from violent tornadoes, and they can be retrofitted in an existing home. Safe rooms are accessed through an opening or door, and the walls and roof of a safe room are designed and built to protect against extreme winds and wind-borne debris. As is the safe-room door. Thankfully, I had recently cleared our safe room from junk that would survive a tornado while we blew away! (more…)