Photography by Lisa Kresl

FEMA Disaster Declaration 

FEMA has requested an additional 30 days to review tornado data, so we may not know if we will have a presidential disaster declaration until the end of the year, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates reports. A presidential disaster declaration can also help residents with their federal taxes.
Dallas Central Appraisal District
DCAD has begun the process of reappraising homes. Expect a letter letting you know that your property is being reappraised. Your taxes will be prorated from October 20th. DCAD will issues refunds for properties whose appraisals have changed.
Dallas Police Presence 
The North Central and the Northwest Division are providing extra patrols. If your neighborhood has several vacated homes, and you would like to request DPD presence, email Sarah Evans at
Mail Service
If you are still not receiving mail, you may find where your mail is being held by visiting On the top search bar select “Mail and Ship” – “Find a USPS Location” and type in your zip code into the top search bar. The first USPS location you see listed is your home post office.
If you are looking to hold, forward, or the change the address of your mail this may also be done online by clicking “Track & Manage” on the top bar. To forward your mail or change your address you will need to utilize a credit card that has your current address tied to it.
Tornado Zone Clean Up
Our contract crews have taken over cleaning up the tornado zone. FEMA has very specific requirements regarding how the debris must be picked up to get reimbursed. “Dirty” debris such as building materials are picked up separately from “clean” debris like trees.
Cleaning Crew Map 
The map continues to be updated as crews make progress. Please note that to comply with FEMA regulations, crews will pick up building debris and trees/foliage on different trips.
Tree Restoration Effort 
A local resident, Brant Landry, is working on forming a group of residents to bulk buy trees to replace the many trees that were lost in the tornado. If you are interested, please email him directly at or call him at 972-839-1529.

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