Nashville Tornado Relief Efforts: Things to Know

In this post, we will be updating information as it becomes available. To view our list of resources, click here. If you are looking to volunteer or donate to a disaster relief cause, click here. To view updated recommendations regarding volunteering and COVID-19, click here

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25

Tornado Debris Collection Update from Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works:
MNDPW is temporarily pausing debris pick-up in tornado impacted areas for 2 weeks. The city would like to give residents in these areas an opportunity to get debris onto the curb, and will resume pickup on April 6, 2020. At that time, they will resume regular circulation through all impacted areas in an effort to remove all curbside tornado debris.

Regular brush pick up will continue as scheduled.
Don’t forget to follow the Tornado Debris Guidelines, available at http://bit.ly/DebrisGuidelines.

10:47 a.m. Thursday, March 19

The Red Cross is experiencing severe blood shortages right now due to canceled blood drives across the country. If you are able to donate blood, you can fulfill a critical need felt by our neighbors. Click here to learn more about the need and the measures the Red Cross is taking to protect donors from COVID-19 exposure. Then click here to schedule an appointment.

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

Hands On Nashville extends our thanks to hubNashville and more than a dozen local roofing professionals for their collaboration this past week in which more than 45 roofs were tarped by volunteers in response to the devastating March 3 tornado.

As of today, hubNashville and HON are no longer accepting requests for volunteer roof tarping.

hubNashville is available year-round, and is a one-stop shop to request Metro Nashville Davidson County services and information, available by calling 311, visiting hub.nashville.gov, or through the hubNashville 311 app.

Special thanks to:
Mr. Roof Nashville
Above All Roofing TN
Brothers In Business
A-Team Roofing
Reach Out WorldWide
Integrity Home Inspections
Roof It Forward
Centennial Services Roofing
Rhythm Roofing

1:58 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

The HON team continues to make adjustments to volunteer projects and recommendations in light of the rapidly shifting nature of COVID-19. Click here to read the latest.

11:37 a.m. Monday, March 16

HON is working with OEM and the city as the COVID-19 response evolves. We are asking our partners to postpone nonessential volunteer projects with special exemption for food and shelter-related activities. We have also asked that all volunteer projects cap their attendance at 50 people.

As always, we encourage volunteers to use their discretion when deciding whether to attend a volunteer project, and to heed best practices regarding hand-washing and person-to-person contact should they participate in a project.

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. If volunteers have questions about the process of removing themselves from a project, we are happy to help: Email us at hon@hon.org.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support during tornado relief efforts, even as circumstances and needs have shifted rapidly in light of COVID-19.

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 below 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.

12:53 p.m. Thursday, March 12

We are under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. and are monitoring the situation thanks to our friends at Nashville Severe Wx and News Channel 5.

Volunteers — if you’re planning on serving this afternoon and evening, please use your discretion re: possible bad weather. If you don’t feel comfortable serving at an opportunity you’ve registered for today, we completely understand. Please log in to your hon.org account and remove yourself from the opportunity, or let us know at hon@hon.org. HON does not recommend outdoor volunteer activities during hazardous weather.

We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as things evolve!

8:20 a.m. Thursday, March 12 

Current donation needs as of 8:20 a.m. Thursday 3/12 for the Community Resource Center  (218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210) are:

TOOLS/SUPPLIES
10×10 pop-up tents
Campaign tents
Brooms and dust pans
Buckets
Flashlights/batteries
Mops
Rakes
Safety googles
Shovels
Storage/plastic bins
Tarps

TOILETRIES
Depends
Tampons
Shower supplies
Natural hair care products

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Blankets
Dishes and silverware
Over-the-counter medicine
Pots and pans
Sheets and comforters
Towels and washclothes
Tupperware
Plastic zip bags (sandwich, quart, gallon)

CLOTHING — only new, not used
Bras
Socks
Underwear
Bandanas

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Backpacks
General supplies

BABY ITEMS
Bottles
Clothes (new only)
Diapers
Formula
Wipes

 

12:44 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 

Current donation needs as of 10:44 a.m. Tuesday 3/10 for the Community Resource Center  (218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210) are:

Urgently needed:

10×10 pop-up tents
ponchos
natural hair care products.

Also on the list:
Over-the-counter medicine
All baby stuff (formula, bottlers, diapers)
Depends
Dishes
Pots & pans
Silverware
Tupperware
Toiletries
Contact solution
Plastic zip bags
Storage/plastic bins
Blankets
Sheets/comforters
Flashlights
New bras, socks & underwear
Bandanas
Shovels & rakes
Rakes
Buckets
Safety goggles
Brooms/dustpans
School supplies
Backpacks

*CRC can no longer accept loose water. They are only accepting water bottles already on wrapped pallets.

10:58 a.m. Tuesday, March 10

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The gym at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet School (1625 DB Todd) is now open as a relief distribution site from 9-7 daily. #NorthNashville residents in need should access the school via the 21st Ave entrance. Hands On Nashville volunteers are on site to help you load up. #NashvilleStrong #NashvilleTornado

7:36 p.m. Sunday, March 8

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Beginning Monday, March 9, Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Hermitage will serve as a distribution center for area residents recently affected by the storm.

Items available include food, clothing, water, personal hygiene items, and household goods.

The distribution center will be open daily Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

10:06 p.m. Saturday, March 7

We have a project meetup location update: Volunteers signed up for the following 3/8 projects should meet at Nissan Stadium in Lot R to catch a shuttle to their project location:

To learn more about the shuttle system for these projects, click here.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 7:

The Community Resource Center is reporting such an incredible volume of donations that they are asking everyone to PAUSE donations so that they can process, organize, and distribute what they already have. The CRC will not be open for donations or volunteers on Sunday 3/8. Thank you for your amazing generosity, everyone!

7:10 p.m. Saturday, March 7:

Thousands of volunteers continued to knock out projects at an insane speed today! Volunteers were so effective that multiple agencies and locations have reached out to us tonight to ask that we cancel the following projects for Sunday 3/8:

Community Cleanup with the Nashville Sounds – #NashvilleTornado

Hermitage Cleanup, Damage Assessment, and Sorting #NashvilleTornado (only morning shift canceled at this time)

Help at McGruder Family Resource Center – #NashvilleTornado

We said it earlier today and we’ll say it again: We are blown away by your response. We know so many of you are still so super excited and ready to help your neighbors however you can. We hope you’ll keep your excitement and enthusiasm going over the coming days and weeks. There will be more to do. There is always more to do to help one another.

Projects will continue to be added to hon.org as they are available. Click the big blue “volunteer for tornado relief” button to see what’s available, and keep checking back!

11:55 a.m. Saturday, March 7:

Due to an incredible, overwhelming volunteer response this morning, we are CANCELING the following projects that had been originally scheduled for this afternoon:

Shuttle to East Nashville Volunteer Assessment

Shuttle to North Nashville Volunteer Assessment

Donelson Volunteer Assessment Canvassing

Hermitage Cleanup, Damage Assessment, and Sorting

Nashville, we are blown away by your response. We know so many of you are still excited and ready to help your neighbors. Our entire team plus a large team of volunteers are working to identify other places in the community where volunteers are needed. Projects will continue to be added to hon.org as they are available. Click the big blue “volunteer for tornado relief” button to see what’s available, and keep checking back!

 

7:14 p.m. Friday, March 6:

New projects are live — including volunteer leadership opportunities — at hon.org! Click the blue button that says “volunteer for tornado relief” to browse individual projects and sign up to serve. We will continue adding projects over the weekend and through the coming weeks!

2:34 p.m. Friday, March 6:

Volunteers have signed up to serve more than 30,000 times since Tuesday. Incredible! We’re totally blown away. We are on the cusp of posting additional projects for this weekend so please keep checking back at hon.org!

4:51 p.m. Thursday, March 5:

If you’d like to post a community-led volunteer project on hon.org, submit it through this form. There is no fee!

If you would like to organize a project but need a HON volunteer leader on site, or if you have questions about posting a project to our site, email us at commpartners@hon.org

Remember — even if you are with a group that is organizing small volunteer efforts on your own and you do not need additional volunteers, please know every volunteer counts in disaster recovery. In the event that this disaster is federally declared, our city will need to report out on the tremendous volunteer response we have received in order to access federal recovery dollars. Click here to access a sign-in sheet you can use at your project, which you can scan in or photograph and email to hon@hon.org.

4:05 p.m. March 5:

To report storm damage in the community, Metro Nashville has a form where you can input details and photos. Click here to access.

Noon Thursday, March 5:

Urgent notice to volunteers: We have received notice from Public Works that utilities workers are unable to access affected streets due to an abundance of volunteers parking in areas that are not yet cleared for work. Please move vehicles to unaffected streets and/or carpool.

Lyft is working on a code to provide free rides for volunteers. We’ll keep you updated and keep up the good work!

10:12 a.m. Thursday, March 5:

This morning we topped 20,000 people who have signed up via hon.org to volunteer for #NashvilleTornado relief and cleanup. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 We are continually adding new projects to hon.org and we are working with OEM to determine the locations and projects for this weekend’s large-scale cleanups so we can deploy even more of you who are ready to go! #NashvilleStrong

2:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 4:

Tornado cleanup volunteer opportunities are now live on our site! Relative to the number of volunteers excited to help, there are just a handful of spots available at this time. We’ll continue to add more as they become available, including this weekend’s large-scale cleanups across the city. Visit hon.org to browse individual opportunities and sign up, and keep checking back, as we’ll continue adding spots as they become available throughout the coming weeks.

If you are with a group that is organizing small volunteer efforts on your own and you do not need additional volunteers, please know every volunteer counts in disaster recovery. In the event that this disaster is federally declared, our city will need to report out on the tremendous volunteer response we have received in order to access federal recovery dollars. Click here to access a sign-in sheet you can use at your project, which you can scan in or photograph and email to hon@hon.org.

11:02 a.m. Wednesday, March 4:

We have had more than 14,000 people sign up to volunteer for disaster recovery! Thank you all! At this time we are working with the city and neighborhood groups on getting individual volunteer opportunities posted to our site. Once we have those opportunity details live, those of you who have already signed up on our website will receive an email alerting you to the opportunity posts! We’ll also be posting the opportunities on social media. If you haven’t already registered, go to hon.org and click the blue button on the home page to sign up.

We thank everyone for their patience as we’ve been working through the logistical details of the volunteer needs in the community. We know everyone wants to move fast but safety and organization is important.

If you are part of a community cleanup, let us know in the comments! We would love to help get the word out about specific places where people can go to help, plus we collect information on volunteerism for federal reporting purposes.

11:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 3:

This evening we released a media advisory regarding weekend cleanups across the city from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Read more here. We will update with details once individual project sites are available for registration!

4:17 p.m. Tuesday, March 3:

Thank you, Nashville! You have shown us your heart today as you’ve reached out in droves to try to find ways to help. We know that lots of you just want to do something. We hear you. We love you. And what we’re hearing from the mayor’s office and our emergency responders is that it’s not quite time to deploy citizen volunteers. The areas hardest hit are *very* dangerous – gas leaks, downed power lines, and tree damage/debris in the streets. What emergency crews need is for us to stay clear so they can do their work.

We are hoping to have more specific details about individual volunteer opportunities tomorrow. This weekend we are planning a large-scale volunteer cleanup effort. Please sign up via hon.org and we’ll be in touch with details on how to get involved in that effort. So far more than 5,000 folks have signed up. Thank you!

Here’s how you can help right now:

  • Volunteer: If you’d like to register to volunteer, visit hon.org and click the blue button on the home page. You can get the latest updates on volunteer needs via our blogTwitterFacebook, or Instagram.
  • Donate money: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is managing an emergency response fund.
  • Donate items: The Community Resource Center is collecting personal hygiene items, bleach, trash cans, trash bags, gloves, box cutters, baby and toddler clothes, formula, flash lights, underwear, bras, batteries, and baby food.
    Heavy-duty tarps can also be donated to cover damaged homes. Mail or drop donations off at 218 Omohundro Place.
  • Donate food: Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting non-perishable food items.

Take good care of each other, friends. We believe in you, and we believe in Nashville. We will pull through this together, like we always do.

 

2:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 3:

Hands On Nashville is working closely with the City of Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management to ensure all of the available resources are in place to help our community in the wake of last night’s destructive tornadoes throughout Davidson and surrounding counties. The city has emergency response personnel assessing the situation and repairing damage has already begun.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity this community has shown. At this time, we are collecting contact information for those who would like to volunteer to help in the recovery and cleanup. We will share more details about specific volunteer opportunities as we learn about the areas of greatest need. At this time, the mayor has advised those who want to help to hang back until additional information is available. This is to ensure that it is safe to deploy volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering can express interest here. As individual cleanup projects are identified, they will be added to hon.org. If you sign up at that link, we will share news and updates with you via email as soon as we know more.

Large-scale clean up efforts are currently being scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at multiple sites. We will also share details about that initiative as we have them!

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3: 

#NashvilleTornado update: The mayor’s office is waiting for the official declaration of this disaster, at which point we will have a better understanding of the most affected areas. We will share that information as soon as we have it.

We also anticipate that there will be daylong cleanup efforts on Saturday and Sunday at multiple locations. Stay tuned for those details as well.

How to Donate: 

Dropoff locations:
Community Resource Center
218 Omohundra Pl
Nashville, TN 37210

Mix 92.9
504 Rosedale Ave
Nashville, TN 37211

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