World Vision rushing supplies to survivors of deadly Texas tornado outbreak

By John Iwasaki

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World Vision is rushing disaster relief Friday to North Texas families in the areas hardest hit by the deadliest severe storm in the United States this year.

Pete Alaniz assesses the damage to the garage of his rental home that was destroyed by a tornado in Cleburne, Texas May 16, 2013.

The organization is shipping emergency food kits, blankets, tarps, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.

At least 10 tornadoes tore through North Texas Wednesday night, killing six people and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes, according to local news reports. World Vision teams are assessing the damage area, including the town of Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, which took the brunt of the storm.

"We already know that children and families in the Rancho Bravos community will need support," said Phyllis Freeman, disaster response director for World Vision. "Many had recently received homes through Habitat for Humanity and now they've lost everything."

All six deaths were reportedly in Rancho Bravos, a subdivision of about 110 single-family homes in a low-income area of Granbury. "I tell you, it has just broken my heart," Habitat for Humanity volunteer Elsie Tallant told the Associated Press.

Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry told the AP that he could not tell one street from another in Rancho Bravos.

The tornado that hit Granbury was rated an EF-4—the second-most powerful level—with winds of up to 200 mph, according to Reuters.

Other communities hit by tornadoes included Cleburne and Ennis, which reported damaged or destroyed homes.

World Vision is responding from its domestic disaster warehouse in Grand Prairie in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "This is our community," Freeman said. "We’re going to make sure that we take care of our neighbors."

Employees at JPMorgan Chase will assemble 500 emergency supply kits Friday at World Vision's Grand Prairie site.

In 2012, World Vision provided disaster relief to more than 47,000 people in the U.S., including more than 30,000 children, many in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey. The organization this year continues to help survivors of the superstorm, as well as to provide relief and rebuilding supplies to those affected by a February tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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