American Red Cross of Tennessee Disaster Update

American Red Cross disaster responders from across Tennessee continue to provide relief items and comfort for people impacted by spring storms and flooding last week. The flooding on March 27 added to the issues caused by the March 25 high winds and tornado damage to middle Tennessee. The Red Cross is providing services to 10 counties.

“Our volunteers and staff are continuing to assess the needs of each community we are serving following these storms,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive director for Red Cross of Tennessee. “We continue to work with our local partners and government officials to ensure that recovery services are provided to help folks get back on their feet as quickly as we can.”

Disaster Recovery Updates:

  • Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing support to the people affected
  • Red Cross has provided overnight stays for more than 130 individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed
  • Red Cross is working closely with local officials, community partners, and Emergency Management Agencies to assess community needs
  • Red Cross will be in affected neighborhoods tomorrow with emergencies supplies

“The safety of the disaster workforce and the people we serve is our top priority,” Sullivan added. “We are working under strict COVID protocols for safety of both our clients and our volunteers.”

Safety Tips:

Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and people for whom English is not their first language are especially at risk and are likely to need extra care and help.

To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Emergency App: Download the Red Cross Emergency App for real-time weather alerts, open shelters, and expert advice on what to do after a disaster. The Emergency App is available for free in-app stores by searching “American Red Cross” or going to redcross.org/apps.

If you are interested in learning about volunteering with the Red Cross, or to make a financial donation, check out RedCross.org/Tennessee or call 1-800-Red Cross.

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