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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates for volunteers and public gatherings

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.:

As concerns grow about the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and the Nashville Public Health Department have shared following information and resources:

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

Additional information:

PUBLIC ALERT: Tornado Recovery Volunteer Park-and-Ride Shuttles

This following is a press release from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Metro Nashville is asking for recovery volunteers to help keep damaged neighborhoods accessible to first responders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 7, 2020) Please, first responders and repair crews need your help.

Continued traffic congestion in the most heavily impacted areas of Nashville will hamper the continued recovery process for those dealing with the most damage.

The Nashville Office of Emergency Management in partnership with Metro Nashville Police and Metro Nashville Public Schools is launching a park-and-ride service on March 8 for tornado recovery volunteers to help them reach the areas of greatest need in North Nashville and East Nashville.

Tornado recovery volunteers should plan to park at Nissan Stadium located at 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213.

Independent volunteers should park in Lot “R” of Nissan Stadium. Lot “R” is designated as the two parking lots at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge next to Nissan Stadium.

Volunteers working with Hands on Nashville should continue to use parking lots G, M, A, B and D based on where their opportunity states.

Shuttles will transport tornado recovery volunteers from Lot “R” to the areas of greatest need beginning at 9:00 am and shuttles will run continuously until 6:00 pm.

Shuttles will drop off tornado recovery volunteers at the following locations:

 

North Nashville:

21st Avenue North and Scovel Street 14th Avenue North and Cockrill Street

East Nashville:

Fatherland Street and 11th Street 16th Street and Russell Street.

Volunteers working with Hands on Nashville should continue to use parking lots G, M, A, B and D.

Due to the debris in areas of Nashville, private vehicles will not be allowed to access certain neighborhoods.

Shuttles will transport volunteers into these areas that are inaccessible to the general public.

The number of private vehicles in the most impacted areas of the city has hampered entry for large commercial vehicles including Metro Nashville Public Works trucks, Metro Nashville Water Services crews and NES repair trucks.

Motorists should look for electronic message boards as they approach Nissan Stadium for directions to parking lot “R”.

Metro’s Community Hotline will continue to be staffed 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling (615) 862-8750 for all non-emergency, weather-related inquiries, the reporting of hazards and to request assistance. In case of an emergency, residents should call 911.

The NERVE (Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine) has been activated in coordination with this EOC activation. This site will provide information about storm related road closures, any evacuation areas or routes, shelters and relief centers. This also includes a media tab with a Twitter feed and press releases.

Volunteers signed up for the following projects should meet at Nissan Stadium to catch a shuttle to their project location:

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Portion of Design Group artwork sales to benefit Hands On Nashville

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Anderson Design Group is donating 50 percent of its profits from the 2020 Tornado Relief posters to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Hands On Nashville for the month of March. The team at Anderson Design Group writes:

“We are heartbroken at the devastation and ask that you please donate, help out, pray for, and think of our neighbors in Germantown, North Nashville, East Nashville, Donelson, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon. We are so proud to be Nashvillians and to live and work in a community that lifts each other up. We will stand alongside one another to get through this disaster like we’ve done so many times before. We love you, Nashville!”

Hands On Nashville loves the city and Anderson Design Group, too. We’re honored by the group’s generosity and grateful to share the news of Anderson Design Group’s generosity.

The 2020 Tornado Relief series features eight different poster designs. Two of these designs are brand new. Anderson Design Group founder Joel Anderson began sketching the concepts the moment he turned on the news and saw the first images of devastation. These new designs depict a broken guitar rising from the rubble with a branch of fresh new growth sprouting from the shattered guitar neck. Staff artist Aaron Johnson rendered Joel’s sketch concept to depict green leaves and a flower springing to life from the debris, symbolizing the hope, grit and beauty that is always present among neighbors in the Volunteer State when adversity strikes. There is a Spirit of Nashville version and a Spirit of Tennessee version.

For each of these special Tornado Victim Fund-Raising Designs, you can purchase prints, canvases, canvas banners, and metal signs of varying sizes as well as individual and framed postcards and sets of notecards.

Click here to see the full slate of designs.

Tornado Clean-up Efforts Planned for Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2020) – The office of Mayor John Cooper, in partnership with Hands On Nashville, has announced plans for organized tornado damage clean-up efforts this weekend.

Sites for these efforts will be announced in the coming days. Emergency response personnel are on the ground assessing the situation and identifying high-priority areas. Those interested in volunteering can continue to sign up at HON.org. Volunteers will be notified as locations and specific opportunities come available, both for the weekend and during the rest of the week.

WHO
Mayor Cooper’s Office
Hands On Nashville
Volunteers across Middle Tennessee

WHAT
Organized weekend tornado clean-up efforts

WHEN
Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8
Two shifts each day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE
Clean-up sites to be announced soon

Hands On Nashville is working closely with the City of Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management to ensure available resources are in place to help the Middle Tennessee community in wake of the tornadoes that tore through the city in the early hours of March 3.

Other ways to help

Those interested in making a monetary donation toward recovery efforts can do so through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Those wanting to donate items (there is a major need for personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, box cutters, baby and toddler clothes, formula, underwear, bras, batteries, flashlights, baby food and heavy-duty tarps) can do so by dropping off or mailing to the Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210.

Food donations can be done through Second Harvest Food Bank.