Red Cross volunteer Denisha White, right, holds Gaberl, 5-months-old, as mother Quanisha Booker, left, holds Rapheal, also 5-months-old, at a Red Cross shelter for people displaced by a tornado in Nashville, TN. Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross
Over the past six weeks, American Red Cross disaster workers have been supporting relief and recovery efforts in communities across the South. Spring storms have brought flooding and tornadoes throughout the South, including Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Virginia and most recently in Tennessee.
Early Tuesday morning on March 3rd, a deadly tornado tore through Nashville, Tennessee, and surrounding counties, killing over two dozen people.
More than 180 homes were destroyed or sustained major damaged during the storm; many of those hit outside of Nashville were student housing and low-income residences.
Many survivors emerged from storm shelters to find their homes with shattered windows, collapsing walls and missing roofs.
While assessments are currently underway to understand the full scope of damage, American Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, relief supplies and emotional support for survivors.
The American Red Cross responds to disasters with support, supplies and compassion as affected communities assess the damage and attempt to return to daily life. Recovering from a disaster can be a challenging, emotionally draining and complicated process. Each family and community will have unique needs that require support. In the weeks and months to come, the Red Cross will continue to help people plan their next steps and access help from other agencies as they navigate the challenging recovery process.
What we've done so far:
Over 1,200 overnight shelter stays provided with partners.
Working with our partners, we've served over 87,500 meals and snacks.
Mobilized 800Red Cross trained disaster workers —90% volunteers— to help shelter, feed, and support people.
In addition ...
Volunteer spiritual, mental health and health services professionals have provided more than 3,600 contacts to provide support and care to those affected.
We’ve distributed more than 20,800 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes.