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Mennonite Disaster Service monitors needs in ice storm-stricken Texas

February 19, 2021

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), working with its National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) partners and church congregations, is closely monitoring needs in Texas communities suffering in an extended ice storm that has brought power outages, frigid temperatures and severe food and water shortages.

As of Feb. 19, some 12 million people were under boil water orders. Houston opened 11 sites on Feb. 18 to help give away water, and emergency managers were distributing water, blankets and other supplies. Even as power is slowly returning, thousands of residents are facing high utility bills and damaged homes.

“We continue to pray for the staggering number of people affected in Texas, especially those who will face a long road to recovery,” said MDS Executive Director Kevin King. “MDS anticipates responding as those long-term needs become more clear. This is only the second statewide disaster declaration in Texas history, COVID-19 being the first.”

Working with NVOAD, as well as local emergency management teams, MDS will continue to share more detailed information as specific needs become known. MDS Church Contact Persons are being provided regular updates to share with their congregations.

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