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DCHHS provides response to North Texas tornadoes

A total of 12 tornadoes hit North Texas on Dec. 26, including the cities of Glenn Heights, Rowlett, and Garland. Eleven people were killed and many homes and buildings were destroyed. DCHHS provided immediate on-the-ground response.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that were affected by the tornadoes,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “We appreciate DCHHS staff members and our Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who stepped into action to ensure an effective public health preparedness response.”

Additionally, Thompson thanked individuals who opened shelters to provide temporary housing for Dallas County residents.

Frank D. Moates Elementary School in Glenn Heights was one of the first shelters to open.

“We thank Prinicipal Wesley Pittman, and others, for their commitment to assist families affected by the tornadoes,” he said. “It was wonderful to see the outpour of support among Dallas County citizens.”

DCHHS staff and volunteers remained operational throughout the duration of response. To find out how you can help, visit www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/medreserve.html.


Wesley Pittman
Left to right: Tammara Scroggins, DCHHS assistant director public health communicable disease; Wesley Pittman, Frank D. Moates Elementary School principal; Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.
MRC volunteers
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers Chad Anderson and Jesse Martinez.
Joyce Giddens-Steadham Elementary School
Lakisha Culpepper, 2nd from left, Joyce Giddens-Steadham Elementary School principal, pictured with a staff member and DCHHS leadership.


News Coverage

The Ellis County Press

Destroyed: Churches, Homes, Schools

December 31, 2015

By Sunday night, a shelter had been set up at Frank D. Moates Elementary School, 1500 Heritage Road, in the north end of town. Director Zachary Thompson, Dallas County Dept. of Health Services, helped unload supply trucks from Red Cross and set up cots. Read more.

Focus Daily News

Community responds after Ellis County Tornado

December 31, 2015

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said indeed, the power in this hard hit area was a challenge since Glenn Heights power is serviced by both Oncor and a company called Hilco Electric. The latter company was not able to get electric service back up to residents until well into Monday afternoon.Price’s areas of Dallas were hit on both sides of the city since his jurisdiction is not only the Glenn Heights area, but also the area in Garland that suffered severe damage.“We are trying to be available with help from fire marshals, employees, medical reserve and police,” Price said adding “I want to thank DeSoto ISD’s superintendent who set up an operation center faster than anyone in the south and were extremely organized, we owe a debt and also the Red Cross.” Read more.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services please call 214-819-2000.

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer
Interim Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
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