How to Help Victims of Tornadoes in Tennessee

On Saturday, December 9, deadly tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100. Nashville Weather Service confirmed an EF-3 tornado hit Clarksville, Tenn., with sustained wind gusts reaching 150 mph. A separate EF-2 tornado also hit the Madison / Hendersonville / Gallatin region, with winds reaching 125 mph. A total of 13 tornadoes hit the state.

Several organizations are on the ground to assist residents as they begin the recovery process. Local community members that are eager to help the recovery efforts assisting the tornado’s victims may be interested in supporting one or more of the nonprofits delivering aid listed here. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana provides this list as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about how to assist and has verified that each organization listed here is a U.S. 501c3 public charity.

We will continue to update this list as we learn more in the coming days.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee & United Way of Greater Nashville

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and United Way of Greater Nashville created relief funds to assist those impacted by the Dec. 9 tornadoes, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and its Office of Emergency Management.

The two organizations are also supporting recovery efforts in Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson and Sumner Counties through the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. The funds raised by both organizations provide “critical support to nonprofit and faith-based partners actively working to address survivors’ needs,” and “address urgent needs such as financial assistance, food and nutrition, temporary housing, debris clean-up and animal sheltering.”

To donate to tornado disaster relief in Davidson County, click here.

To donate to disaster relief outside Davidson County, click here.

Dickson County Disaster Relief Fund

The Dickson County Help Center has established the Dickson County Disaster Relief Fund, an emergency fund which will benefit the victims of the deadly tornadoes. The organization is accepting donations through Venmo (@dchelpcenter) and via their website – click here.

American Red Cross

In addition to opening an emergency shelter for residents displaced from their homes, the Red Cross is also accepting donation to help their efforts. You can do so by clicking here.

Salvation Army

Announced Sunday, the Salvation Army is preparing to respond to areas affected across Middle Tennessee, which includes snack and hydration services, alongside emotional and spiritual care in the Madison and Clarksville communities. The organization is also accepting monetary donation for disaster response, which can be made by clicking here.

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