The non-profit organizations in the Metroplex were taxed beyond their ability to respond. There weren't enough supplies, enough trained volunteers or a coordinated effort. In the months following Hurricane Katrina, four non-profit organizations joined forces and created the first-ever "Mass Care Task Force".
The chief executive officers from the American Red Cross, North Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army and the Volunteer Center of North Texas formed this Task Force to ensure that when the next catastrophic disaster affects DFW, the organizations would be ready.
Together, the CEOs created an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) in 2006, outlining exactly what each organization will be responsible for the next time. The American Red Cross will be responsible for sheltering the masses. The Salvation Army will provide meals in Red Cross shelters. The North Texas Food Bank will send water and snacks to various locations and the Volunteer Center of North Texas will manage the in-take of volunteers who aren't pre-trained before the disaster strikes.
The next step in the success of the Mass Care Task force is funding. The four non-profit organizations anticipate a price tag of $26 million to be fully prepared to respond to something the size of a Katrina evacuation to North Texas, or a natural disaster in the local community. This includes a budget for cots, blankets, food items, technology resources and more.
In an unprecedented partnership, the CEOs from the four non-profits will go together and request funding from corporations, foundations and individuals.