TXU Energy, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., will donate $50,000 to the Dallas Area and Chisholm Trail chapters of American Red Cross to provide disaster relief assistance for the latest round of storm victims, and to help replenish Red Cross supplies to better prepare for future disasters. This partnership will provide emergency assistance to residents directly affected by this and future storms.
"Recovery can be difficult after a storm of this magnitude. We want to do our part to help those affected by the storm in their time of need," said Jim Burke, Chairman and CEO of TXU Energy.
Wednesday evening, much of central and north Texas experienced blustering winds and brutal showers throughout the evening and night, causing damage to homes and widespread power outages. Many were left without electricity and bare essentials were lost due to the storm. This TXU Energy donation will provide effected individuals with items such as safe shelter, food, clothing, clean-up items and financial assistance for those who suffered losses in the storm.
"In the past month, the Red Cross has responded to five major weather events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," said Jason Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of the Chisholm Trail Chapter. "Our ability to be prepared and to respond quickly could not be more important."
Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Dallas Area Chapter echoes those sentiments. "We are so grateful to those at TXU Energy for this very generous gift. Not only will it help victims from this week, but will help families well into the future."
On Thursday, Red Cross volunteers began conducting a preliminary damage assessment. So far, reports show that approximately 40 homes across the Metroplex have sustained major damage. A total of three Red Cross shelters have been opened, and families have been assisted with safe shelter and assistance for food and clothing. Storm damage ranges from high winds, heavy rain, fires caused by lightning strikes, tornadoes and some hail. So far, the Red Cross is aware of damage in Fort Worth, Dallas, Midlothian, Terrell, Red Oak, Alvarado, Venus and other North Texas communities.
Due to the widespread nature of the storms, we are encouraging anyone who has sustained damage to their homes to contact Red Cross and/or TXU Energy:
TXU Energy Customer Service:
Dallas Area- 214.678.4800 Fort Worth Area- 817.335.9137
TXU Corp., a Dallas-based energy company, manages a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy businesses primarily in Texas. In the competitive TXU Energy Holdings segment (electricity generation, wholesale marketing and retailing), TXU Energy provides electricity and related services to more than 2.1 million competitive electricity customers in Texas. TXU Power has over 18,100 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW of nuclear and 5,800 MW of coal-fueled generation capacity. TXU Wholesale optimizes the purchases and sales of energy for TXU Energy and TXU Power and provides related services to other market participants. TXU Wholesale is the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. Power generation and related businesses, such as TXU Power and TXU Wholesale, plan to transition toward the new Luminant Energy brand. Visit http://www.txucorp.com/ for more information about TXU Corp.
About American Red Cross
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of recent disasters and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 214-678-4800 in Dallas or 817-335-9137 in the Tarrant County area. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcrossdfw.org/ and selecting your local chapter. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation.