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Home Depot donates tools to help City with disaster response efforts 

Home depot staff poses for a photo in front of donations given to the Round Rock community impacted by the March 21 tornado
Pictured from left to right is Brent (Home Depot Store Manager), Chris Ankeny (Neighborhood Services Coordinator), and Jackie (Home Depot Pro Desk Associate).

Round Rock’s Home Depot is located in the shopping center where an EF-2 tornado first touched down on March 21. Now, the store has donated more than $3,000 in tools and supplies to help the City of Round Rock with future disaster response. 

Within days of the tornado that ripped through significant portions of the City, Home Depot staff contacted the City’s Director of Community Development Joe Brehm to offer a donation of tools and supplies to help with recovery.  

With this donation, the City of Round Rock’s Neighborhood Services Team has worked to create a disaster tool bank that includes: 

  • 4500-watt gas powered generator 
  • 6 gas powered chain saws
  • 4 metal wheelbarrows  
  • Boxes of leather work gloves 

These tools will be available for rapid deployment in the event of a future natural disaster. 

Home Depot has been a past supporter of the City’s Neighborhood Services program, having donated more than $6,000 in tools to help build the Round Rock Tool Lending Center trailer in 2014. The trailer is now stocked with over 300 tools available for residents to borrow at no cost for use at during community cleanups throughout the year. 

During initial tornado recovery efforts, the Tool Lending Center was deployed weekly to assist residents impacted by the storm as individuals and crews helped to remove debris from streets, yards and homes across Round Rock.  

Since its inception in 2012, Round Rock’s Neighborhood Services team has developed programs and services for neighborhood leaders to activate and engage their residents using community resources. These award-winning programs have been recognized by statewide and national organizations such as Neighborhoods USA and the Texas Municipal League. 

More information on available Neighborhood Services programs and services can be found online at 

Tornado recovery information, including details related to damage reports, the Round Rock Cares Fund, SBA loan information and more is available at

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