UPDATE: American Red Cross of Tennessee Flood Response

American Red Cross disaster responders from across Tennessee and the nation are on the ground in Houston, Hickman, Humphreys and Dickson counties assisting survivors of the historic flooding on Aug. 21. The area received up to 17 inches of rain in 12 hours and is being called the deadliest flooding event in Tennessee history. Twenty people died in the swift flowing flood waters; and hundreds are displaced from their homes. The Red Cross is in the area to provide damage assessment and assistance to residents. 

Red Cross is providing sheltering assistance with our local partners and our volunteers are out in the areas affected providing clean-up and comfort kits, snacks and meals to comfort people impacted by floods

“The clean-up has begun in Middle Tennessee” said Joel Sullivan, Regional Executive Director for the American Red Cross. “We know people want to salvage what they can from their homes, but with so many homes under water, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure you and your family’s safety as you pick up the pieces and clean out homes.”

Tips for Returning Home Safely After a Flood:

Cleaning and Repairing Your Home:

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.

Cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces:

Health officials also remind residents to be sure to know your tetanus shot history. If you need a booster, your local health department, or primary physician can provide that to you.

Disaster Recovery Updates Aug. 23: 

  • Red Cross volunteers continue to reach out to access areas affected to provide support to citizens. Many roadways are unpassable still, but our disaster volunteers will continue to seek communities that need assistance as it is safe to do so. If you know of someone in need of assistance, please contact us at 1-800-RED CROSS.  
  • Red Cross continues working with our shelter partners, feeding and supplying a safe place for residents to sleep that have had their homes were damaged or destroyed.
  • A Red Cross managed feeding kitchen has been established at Apex Bank in Waverly. From that location, our crews will load up 2,500 hot meals per day to support mobile feeding in the community. 
  • Red Cross is working closely with local officials, community partners, and Emergency Management Agencies to assess community needs. 
  • Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are working their way through affected neighborhoods supplying hot food, clean-up and comfort kits to residents. Supplies will include rakes, shovels, tarps, cases of water, and snacks for clean-up. Each client household will receive a plastic tote filled with work gloves, flashlight, roll of trash bags, dust mask, hand sanitizer and sunscreen among other items. 
  • Red Cross is working with the Health Department to provide nursing support for the community’s health needs.
  • Disaster Mental Health volunteers are on site providing assistance to anyone in need of help. 
  • All services of the American Red Cross are being provided with strict COVID protocols to ensure safety for clients, staff and volunteer workforce. This includes a mask mandate regardless of vaccine status. 
  • Red Cross is working with FEMA and other partners at the Multi-Agency Resource Center at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 109 North Church St. in Waverly. This site will open for the public on Aug. 28, and will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is a “one stop shop” site for services and assistance registration. 

Shelter locations: 

YMCA Dickson County

225 Henslee Dr.

Dickson, TN 37055

Fairfield Church of Christ

1860 TN-100

Centerville, TN 37033

Waverly First Baptist Church

300 E. Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Help is Available

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.

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

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