Tennessee Wildfire Information
Red Cross Responds to Tennessee Wildfires
The massive wildfire that affected hundreds of homes and businesses in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sprung out of control very quickly, forcing some residents to literally run for their lives. The American Red Cross is there helping as residents cope with the devastating situation.
Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, food, health and mental health services and assisting with damage assessment throughout the affected area. They are offering a shoulder to lean on as people talk about how they escaped the flames.
To date, the Red Cross has served more than 31,300 meals and snacks to community members and first responders. Red Cross volunteers are also distributing safety information, and comfort and clean up kits, which include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and washclothes, rakes, shovels, buckets, and workgloves, as well as sifters for people clearing through the rubble to identify charred possessions.
Red Cross disaster teams will continue to assess community needs to provide impacted residents with the resources they need on the road to recovery.
The Red Cross works with government and non-profit partners to develop community recovery strategies and plans together as a group. For additional resources, please visit: http://seviercountytn.org
Terry and April Calhoun and their four children lost everything in the Tennessee wildfires. After being forced to flee by running down a highway, they found safety in a Red Cross shelter. (Red Cross photo by Daniel Cima)
Carol Reynolds and her family were rescued from the wildfires by their neighbor. They don’t know what they will do next, but for now they are safe and warm and being helped by the Red Cross. (Red Cross photo by Daniel Cima)
Beverly Black has been coming to the American Red Cross Shelter at Gatlinburg, Tennessee to talk to people who were displaced by the wildfire that swept through the area. (Red Cross photo by Bob Wallace)
As many as 700 homes and businesses in Tennessee have been affected by the devastating wildfires there. (Red Cross photo by Bob Wallace)
Brian Myers returns to his Gatlinburg home to find the year-old residence destroyed. (Red Cross photo by Daniel Cima)
Wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and structures in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in Sevier County.
A photo taken by Red Cross Volunteer Bob Wallace of the wildfire damage in Gatlinburg.
The Red Cross will be in Sevier County as long as we're needed, assisting those displaced from their homes, feeding firefighters, and providing other disaster relief services.
The Fenleys are visiting Gatlinburg from Griffin Circle, Georgia. “We’ve come up here for 21 years,” shared Patricia. But this time, their chalet was directly in the path of a wildfire.
We got out safe, and everyone here has gone out of their way to take care of us,” said Rev. Fenley, who went on to say that his congregation back in Georgia is praying for them.
University of Tennessee football quarterback Joshua Dobbs, along with cheerleaders Sierra Williams and Maria Brinias, and Red Crosser Sarah Basel, listen to Red Cross shelter resident Scott Young, as he describes the ordeal he and his wife experienced escaping from wildfires that destroyed their Gatlinburg home.
“Forty years of our life is gone,” said Scott.