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Winter Storm Recovery Resources & Donation Drive

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:09 PM | Chad Francis (Administrator)

As families continue to recover from winter storm Uri, the chapter would like to continue to partner with the North Texas Food Bank, Minnie’s Food Pantry and the Salvation Army to ensure that no family goes without basic life necessities such as food and water.  It is our hope that you will donate to our Virtual Donation Drive so that we can continue in our efforts to support North Texas communities. Thank you!

Donations can be made online via the links below.

Salvation Army(SA)

Right now the most pressing need is possibly financial contribution followed by gently used blankets, coats, hats, gloves etc. To keep SA’s operations running smoothly, a financial contribution would be the fastest and safest way to be able to help during this unprecedented weather.

Please use the link below to donate funds.  

Link:   https://give.salvationarmytexas.org/DallasACFE2021

Minnie’s Food Pantry(MFP)

Minnies Food Pantry is a local organization that has been in existence for over twelve years and is located in Plano, Texas.  They are in need of funds first and then food items (cereal, snack items, water, jelly, peanut butter, canned corn, canned green beans, canned meats, soup/chili, hamburger helper and boxed potatoes) to help the community from the winter storm.

Please use the links below to donate funds or goods.  Every dollar = 3 meals! 

North Texas Food Bank(NTFB)

The North Texas Food Bank is committed to supporting North Texans by providing access to nutritious foods. Their goal is to mobilize quickly to get as much nutritious food out the community as possible. In the coming days weeks and months, they will work to provide food to their Partner Agency - Feeding Network - and will also bolster their Mobile Pantry program.

Right now, their biggest needs are:

  • Volunteers to support the Mobile Pantry program.  Please send an email to Andrea Prater if you are interested in participating.
  • Funds to replenish foods. With the supply chain disrupted, we know it will be hard to come by donated foods, your monetary support helps them stock their shelves.  Visit http://give.ntfb.org/goto/dallasacfe2022 or download the NTFB app (App Store or Google Play) to make a donation.
  • Healthy foods – If able, please donate healthy food items.  Visit http://give.ntfb.org/goto/dallasacfe2022 to purchase items.
  • Drop off food donations Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Mention that you are donating on behalf of the Dallas Chapter, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Please contact Andrea Prater if you have additional questions about any of these fundraisers. 

For those of you that may need assistance, please see the information below for recovery resources:

Recovery Resources for North Texans

Please dial 211 for emergency services information for Texas.  The number will include information and resources (i.e. food pantry, evacuation info, Medicaid, housing, senior services, childcare, rent/utilities, state benefits, report fraud, mental health, COVID-19, etc.)  

First Steps

  • Before cleaning up, take photos of the damage to your home and belongings
  • Make a list of damaged and lost items and gather any original receipt you may have for those items

Working with your Insurance Company

  • Call your insurance agent or company as soon as possible to report property damage
    • Keep a record of everyone you spoke with at the insurance company
    • Ask about an advance payment if you need help quickly
    • Inquire about living expenses. Some policies will cover some of the costs if you are unable to live in your home because of covered damage
    • Make sure you keep receipts for any costs you pay out-of-pocket costs
  • Visit the Texas Department of Insurance for additional tips when filing your claim

More Help

·     If you are not insured, or if your insurance company denies your claim, you can apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by visiting their website or calling (800) 621-3362.

·     Remember, FEMA cannot provide for losses covered by insurance, however, if you are not insured or your insurance denies your claim, FEMA may be able to provide:

  • Funds for temporary housing while you are unable to live in your homes, such as rental assistance, or reimbursement for hotel costs
  • A temporary housing unit, if approved for the disaster, when you are not able to use rental assistance due to a lack of available housing resources
  • Funds to support the repair or replacement of owner-occupied homes that serve as the household's primary residence, including privately-owned access routes, such as driveways, roads, or bridges
  • Funds for other uninsured or under-insured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs, such as repair or replacement of personal property and vehicles, or funds for moving and storage

·     If you need shelter or emergency food or water, contact the Red Cross at 800-733-2767

·     Complete the Texas Division of Emergency Management Self Reporting Damage Survey to help state officials understand and assess the extent of damages sustained across Texas

Avoiding Scams

  • Get more than one bid to help decide which offers are too high or too good to be true
  • Check references and phone numbers and call the Better Business Bureau to see if a contractor has complaints
  • Don't pay upfront and don’t make your final payment until the job is finished
  • Avoid contractors who offer to waive deductibles or promise a rebate for it, which is illegal under state law
  • Never sign a contract with blank spaces
  • Report possible price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General

Thank you.  We appreciate your support in helping our North Texas communities this year! 

Andrea Prater, CFE

Director of Community Outreach

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