How to Help Nashville Tornado Victims
photo from Metro Nashville Police

A devastating tornado rolled through Middle Tennessee late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, hitting parts of downtown Nashville, East Nashville, Donelson, Lebanon and other nearby towns.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Metro Nashville and Davidson County on Tuesday. For those looking to help, here are organizations that will accept donations, aid, and volunteers.

Where to Donate Items

Bank of America

Bank of America in Nashville is partnering with nonprofit the Community Resource Center to accept donations at all 35 Nashville area financial center locations.

Items needed:

• Personal hygiene products (e.g., X, Y, Z)
• Baby items (e.g., formula, diapers, wipes, pacifiers and bottles)
• Battery-operated flashlights
• Gloves (work, vinyl or latex)
• Glass and disinfecting cleaning products
• Batteries
• Towels

*Participants should not bring cash or used items as they will not be accepted.

Bank of America has 35 Nashville area financial centers that will serve as drop off locations
throughout Davidson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson Counties.

Interested participants can find their nearest Bank of America financial center by searching
their address on the Bank of America website.

Other Ways to Help

American Red Cross
Phone: 615-250-4300
Website: http://www.redcross.org/…/ten…/local-chapters/nashville-area

The Nashville Chapter American Red Cross will help identify and provide damage and needs assessment for disaster victims, and ensure that they have food, clothing, water, medications and other basic essentials.

Salvation Army
Phone: 615-242-0411
Website: https://www.salvationarmynashville.org/

The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of ministering to children and families in Nashville, and would provide fixed and mobile feeding sites, clothing, bedding, lodging and other emergency aid to victims.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Phone: 615-329-3491
Website: http://secondharvestmidtn.org/

During a community crisis in Nashville, Second Harvest helps in the coordination of basic food items to areas that need it. The organization was formed to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who want to help provide food to people in Middle Tennessee who are hungry.

Community Foundation of Middle TN
Phone: 888-540-5200
Website: http://www.cfmt.org/

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is the primary charitable repository for cash, and would maintain ultimate authority and control over the Metro Disaster Response Fund, a program designed to meet the needs of our community during disaster. The agency would convene the Metro Disaster Response Fund Advisory Committee to evaluate requests for cash assistance and make distributions from the fund to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations assisting with efforts to rebuild the lives of individuals and families affected by a local disaster – both immediately and long-term.

Crisis Center/2-1-1
Phone: 211
Website: http://tn211.mycommunitypt.com/

The Crisis Center/2-1-1 has been a critical partner in Nashville’s emergency and crisis response efforts for more than 35 years. When a disaster strikes, Nashville will rely on the Crisis Center and its recently created 211 division to connect disaster victims to the services they need. Whether it is food, shelter, counseling, or other social service needs, 211 is specifically designed to connect people with more than 2,800 health and human services agencies.

Hands On Nashville
Phone: 615-298-1108
Website: www.hon.org

Often, during a community crisis, people are eager to volunteer their time and energy to help communities recover. During a disaster, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management would rely on Hands on Nashville to connect volunteers with people and agencies that need help.