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NDPR prepares photos for reunification with tornado victims 


Representatives with National Disaster Photo Rescue will travel to the Garland/Rowlett areas April 25-27 to assist a team of dedicated volunteers as they clean, scan, document and upload an estimated 1,000 misplaced photos scattered by the Dec. 26 tornadoes.

Once photos are cleaned, they will be scanned by some of the latest equipment provided by Kodak Alaris and E-Z Photo Scan.  After scanning, photos will be available for identification via the Lost Photos of Garland and Rowlett TX Tornado Facebook page. Viewers can “tag” people they recognize and can fill out a claim form located as a direct link on each album. Photos should be available for viewing as early as Thursday, April 28.

National Disaster Photo Rescue Teams are grateful for the generosity of New Liberty Baptist Church in Garland for providing a safe place to process all of the lost photos.

Residents may contact local director, Cita Sue Cox at 214-356-3878 to turn in photos or for more information about the Lost Photos Project.

“I am anxious and ready to finally get the lost photos uploaded and online so they can be claimed and returned to their owners,” Cox said.

Found photos may be taken to the following sites:

Granger Recreation Center, 1310 West Avenue F in Garland, Garland Fire Department, Station #5, 5626 Lyons Road, Life Message Community Mission, 4501 Rowlett Road in Rowlett, Church in the City, 6005 Dalrock Road (Dalrock & Highway 66) in Rowlett and Farmersville Police Department, 134 North Washington Street in Farmersville.

Follow the progress and get updates on the Facebook Project Page at Lost Photos of Garland and Rowlett TX Tornado. For information about volunteering or donating funds for a photo rescue project, visit

About NDPR: The National Disaster Photo Rescue organization (501c3) formed after the May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri tornado and is a ministry of First Baptist Church, Carthage Missouri.  National Disaster Photo Rescue is dedicated to the preservation and return of lost photos after a disaster, thus building renewed strength and hope by reuniting communities with treasured memories thought to have been destroyed.

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