In the spring of 2021, several powerful snowstorms moved through Texas and other neighboring states. The first snowfalls were picturesque and offered residents the chance to enjoy a rare weather event. However, the storms quickly turned dangerous as plummeting temperatures and icy conditions knocked out power and made driving extraordinarily difficult. Texans needed help. They received multiple types of assistance through nonprofit organization BCFS Health and Human Services, a leader in emergency response and disaster management. The organization offered aid throughout Texas by providing power generators, cots and blankets, and strategies for keeping residents warm and safe.
The organization stepped in to help Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT), a nonprofit facility for adults managing intellectual and developmental disabilities. BVT lost power due to the storms and needed to evacuate residents in order to move them to a safer and warmer location. They worked with BCFS Health and Human Services to prepare the nearby Robert M. Rogers Chapel as a temporary shelter featured power generators, cots, and warm blankets that would enable the residents to stay safe and warm for several days until power was restored.
It also helped the residents of San Antonio by operating and furnishing a warming center at the city’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center which served upwards of 500 people. It also brought 15 semi-trucks full of bottled water to help residents who were without fresh water due to the storms and power outages.
During the storms the dedicated staff at BCFS Health and Human Services continued to offer medical care to patients. They were able to perform their roles with the help of the organization’s transportation services team who ensured they arrived for work safely and on time despite the dangerous road conditions.