NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sunday, August 11, 2013 — Nearly 50 Red Cross workers and volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past several days to respond to help those affected by Thursday’s early morning flash floods in Davidson County and surrounding areas. Two shelters were initially opened to help provide a safe refuge for those who were displaced from their homes. The remaining shelter at Mt. Zion closed today at 1:00 p.m. The eight remaining shelter residents have been transitioned to alternative lodging.
“Our hearts go out to all of those who were displaced from their homes after the flood,” said Red Cross Volunteer Operations Manager, Bobby Young. “It is our hope that we were able to help them in some small way by making sure that their basic emergency needs such as food, shelter, emotional and health issues were immediately addressed so that now they can focus on the long road to recovery ahead.”
Twenty-two residents have been registered at the shelter since it opened on Thursday. The Red Cross provided 120 meals and 400 snacks to shelter residents, emergency workers and those who were cleaning up their homes after the flood. Nearly 1,100 bulk items were also distributed, including comfort kits with basic hygiene items like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. The Salvation Army also partnered with the Red Cross to help serve meals to all those affected by the disaster. The Red Cross served another 80 meals today and 100 food boxes that were provided by Second Harvest.
Now the relief operation has fully transitioned into the recovery phase, focused on assisting clients through the help of case workers, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and VOAD, as well as working with the owner of Park Villa Apartments, in order to make arrangements for long term housing.
HOW TO HELP: Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters ranging from a home fire involving one family to larger disasters like hurricanes and wildfires that impact entire communities. If someone would like to help, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
For more information on flood recovery, please visit redcross.org.
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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