We are devastated by the loss of lives, homes, and businesses due to tornados in Nashville and surrounding counties in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Fifteen hours later, we are just beginning as a community to get our heads around the catastrophic damage in our neighborhoods. Our deepest condolences go out to all who have lost loved ones and livelihoods.
All Thistle Farms employees are accounted for, the Thistle Farms buildings on Charlotte and Alabama are unharmed, and all Thistle Farms Residential houses and residents are shaken but okay. Thank you for the outpouring of love - a bright spot in a sad day.
There will be a lot of processing and a lot of figuring out the best ways to both obtain and offer help in the coming days.
Preliminarily these are good options:
The United Way-Crisis Center 211, phone 211
211 is specifically designed to connect people with more than 2,800 health and human services agencies. All 211 calls are answered by nationally certified information and referral specialists who are fluent in several different languages.
Nashville Office of Emergency Management, phone 615-862-8600
Find up to the minute news about shelters open around Nashville and damage assessment assistance.
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, phone 888-540-5200
In the wake of destructive tornados, power outages, road closures and rescues throughout Davidson and surrounding counties, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs. Financial donations can be made at the link above.
The American Red Cross, phone 615-250-4300
The Nashville Chapter American Red Cross will help identify and provide damage and needs assessment for disaster victims, and ensure that they have food, clothing, water, medications and other basic essentials.
The Salvation Army, phone 615-242-0411
Providing fixed and mobile feeding sites, clothing, bedding, lodging and other emergency aid to victims when a disaster strikes. Also, the agency provides case work and financial counseling services to families.
Second Harvest Food Bank, phone 615-329-3491
Tornado Response Specialists work with the community to ensure people have access to food services.
Hands on Nashville, phone 615-298-1108
(Photo : Ryan Camp.)