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Middle Tennessee tornadoes, December 2023: Resources


Middle Tennessee tornadoes, December 2023: Resources

Dec 10, 2023 | 11:45 pm ET
By J. Holly McCall
Middle Tennessee tornadoes, December 2023: Resources

Tornadoes touched down in 11 Middle Tennessee counties late Saturday afternoon and early Saturday night, destroying swaths of neighborhoods in Montgomery, Davidson and Sumner Counties and leaving six people dead.

The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated in Nashville to support requests for assistance and Tennessee Emergency Management Association (TEMA) has opened six shelters in several counties, all of which offer food and provide for immediate medical needs, including lost prescriptions or eye glasses.

The mayors of Clarksville in Montgomery County, Hendersonville in Sumner and Metro Nashville/Davidson County have declared states of emergency. As of Sunday afternoon, Nashville Electric Service reported about 23,000 households in Middle Tennessee were still without power and that the utility has added contract crews from Georgia and Kentucky to help restore power.

Davidson County

  • Madison Community Center, 550 N. Dupont Ave, Madison, TN 37115, American Red Cross Managed

Dickson County

  • Dickson YMCA, 225 Henslee Drive, Dickson, TN 37055, Independently Operated

Montgomery County

  • Northeast High School, 3701 Trenton Road, Clarksville, TN  37040, American Red Cross Managed

Robertson County

  •  The Center, 401 North Main, Springfield, TN  37172, Independently Operated

Sumner County

  • Cornerstone Church Hendersonville, 1410 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville, TN, 37075 American Red Cross Managed

Other resources include:

  • Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: The Community Foundation is collecting funds to distribute in tornado-harmed communities and offers a mechanism through which to make financial contributions to disaster funds.
  • Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster): VOAD coordinates emergency response between a group or organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank, Conexion Americas, ShowerUp,  One Generation Away and Operation Stand Down. You can offer to volunteer to help or, if you were affected by Saturday’s tornados, click here to request assistance. VOAD’s Twitter/X account offers information in English and Spanish.
  • Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: The department offers assistance to those whose property has been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters, including how to file insurance claims, hire a contractor and avoid being scammed.
  • Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day/365 days a year, is a resource for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.   All calls are routed to a trained crisis counselor in your area, who will provide you support and guidance. This service is free. Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471).
  • Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. TIRRC will be staffing a hotline all week to assist immigrants or non-English language speakers who have been affected by the storms. Text 615-414-1030 and a staff member will call back.