UPDATE 12:27 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
Volunteer Tennessee has issued helpful guidelines for those wanting to volunteer safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read and download them here.
UPDATE 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 17
The situation regarding COVID-19 precautions and how they affect tornado relief efforts is changing rapidly. HON continues to work with OEM and city health officials to evolve our disaster response efforts in real time.
Some measures we are taking to help keep community members safe:
— We are asking our partners to post only volunteer projects that pertain to meeting urgent needs in the community, which we are defining as food and shelter. We are collaborating with our partners and others in the community who are doing this work to identify how volunteers can best support them and be safe at this time, and will provide updates as we have actionable information that meets safety guidelines.
— We are urging our partners to limit group sizes at projects to 10 people for the next 15 days, at which point we will evaluate whether this time period needs to be extended.
— We are continuing to ask volunteers who feel unwell to rest at home rather than attend projects.
— We encourage volunteers to use their own discretion when deciding whether to attend a volunteer project.
— We are working on identifying ways volunteers can help our partners remotely during this time.
UPDATE 7:06 p.m. Thursday, March 12
HON is working closely with OEM and the city as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As a result of the health department’s recommendations, we’re looking at a number of adjustments heading toward the weekend:
— limiting the maximum number of volunteers at projects to 50
— stocking projects with hand sanitizer
— requesting that volunteers who feel like they’re getting sick rest at home instead of coming to projects
Please make sure you read the information at this link and continue to heed best practices regarding limiting contact with others, washing hands, etc.
Volunteers who feel unsure about exposure risk and would rather not chance it should feel free to go to their hon.org accounts and remove themselves from projects.
HON will continue to provide updates and evolve plans as needed in collaboration with the city of Nashville, OEM, and the health department.
Original post on Wednesday 3/11 at 12:25 p.m.:
Basics that are always best practice:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly (at least 20 seconds, with soap)
- Don’t touch your face, especially with unwashed hands
- Minimize hand-to-hand contact with others