NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2021 – 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 Red Cross is providing services to 10 counties.
The Red Cross is urging media partners to help spread the work that anyone who has been displaced from their homes from the flooding to contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-Red Cross and select prompt “4” or online at RedCross.org and select “Get Help.” The information is critical to get supplies and assistance where they are needed most.
“We can not find out where people need the help if we do not have addresses and accurate locations where flooding has occurred and where the high waters caused either major damage or complete loss to homes,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive for the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross. “It is important that if you or someone you know is in this situation you contact your Red Cross so we can get our case workers to speak with you and see the damages so we can assist through these difficult times.”
Disaster Recovery Updates:
- Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing support to the people affected. To date, disaster assessments by volunteers are 85 percent complete.
- Red Cross has provided non-congregate sheltering and feeding in Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson, Sullivan Counties.
- Red Cross continues working with local government officials, community partners, and Emergency Management Agencies to assess community needs
- Red Cross will continue to be in affected neighborhoods with emergencies supplies
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.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Tennessee or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossTN.