Tennessee Floods: Updating the Help Options

It’s been two weeks now since the floods came, and the need for help is still strong. I wanted to quickly update the legal community about the resources that are currently available for you to refer people to.

First off, the five community centers closed on Friday as FEMA has stepped in to help. There are centers being set up all over TN, including a few mobile ones. Here is the current list. As of now they have not asked for volunteers in the legal community to join them, but we will know soon if and when that will happen.

Also, the TBA has issued a press release that gives you all the information about about the Hot-line they have set up for victims to call with legal questions. This number is 1-888-395-9297. This number is staffed M-F from 9 am to 5 pm. After that, there is a voice-mail that victims can leave messages in. If you have victims coming to you for help with legal issues resulting from the flood, feel free to redirect them there.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help victims who call in from the Hot-Line or any clinics that might be set up, you can sign up here with TALS or contacting me directly here. We are also going to need people for long term help, and would also love continued help in the community in general for people who need legal help and can’t afford it.

But what about people who need help with basic needs like food and water? Glad you asked! The two major resources to refer victims to are:

United Way: Dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

The United Way is a great referral service for people who need multiple resources, and will direct people to different programs that will suit their individual needs for food, water, etc. Also, anyone who wants to volunteer with helping the victims in a non-legal was can call for information on multiple projects, including Hands on Nashville.

Red Cross: 1-866-438-4636

The Red Cross has set up this Hot-line for victims who are in need of basic needs. By calling the number, a case worker will evaluate the victim’s needs including food, shelter, linens, and even basic furniture.

Also, any victim who needs help with food stamps or cash assistance has a limited time offer from DHS for help. The deadline for reimbursement food stamps and cash assistance is extended until May 28th in the following counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Hickman, Humphreys, Madison, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Sumner, and Tipton counties. For further details, see the Press Release.

The Dodson Parker Blog is still up and running and has a plethora of resources that have been announced all over town, so if you’re looking for a specific kind of resource for a victim you might be trying to help out, I highly recommend going there as well.

And finally, thank you EVERYONE who has helped out in the last few weeks. Remember that We Are Nashville and we take care of our own. The efforts this community has shown in helping each other out has made me very proud to call this town home. So thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

As always,
*~ Alison ~*

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