How to assist people affected by winter storms

Published on February 19, 2021

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Here are some ways to help people affected by the winter storms and power outages:

Water distribution

Many Fort Worth residents are still without consumable water due to a boil water notice in the western part of the city and dozens of water main breaks across town. If your business, nonprofit organization, faith-based organization or other entity is providing free water to people, we’d like to help you spread the word. Fill out this simple form to let us know what kind of help you’re providing. We will compile the information and share it with the people who need it.

Homeless

The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition is seeking donations of emergency cold weather needs: pillows, blankets, over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, pillowcases, underwear (all sizes), coats, scarves, gloves, hats, heavy and warm socks, twin sheets for emergency mattresses, generators, heaters, sleeping bags, bottled water. Contact the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. 

Services and donations

United Way of Tarrant County encourages people to call 2-1-1 or visit the 211 website for information and resources.

United Way of Tarrant County is seeking donations to its Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate assistance to those in Tarrant County impacted by severe winter weather. Donations can be made online. The Emergency Relief Fund will provide assistance for food, utility bills, rent, hotels and housing solutions, and plumbing/flooding repairs, among other emergency needs.

Food

Tarrant Area Food Bank has opportunities for people to make donations. Find more information.

The food bank is hosting many mobile markets to distribute food directly to neighbors in need throughout Tarrant County. Enter your ZIP code  to see a list of distribution sites.

In addition, the food bank needs volunteers to support its distributions.