Disaster Recovery Connection provides callers throughout Middle Tennessee with resources for immediate relief and helps identify those with long-term needs.
The helpline connects survivors with services such as: counseling and mental health support; direct financial assistance; FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) mediation; food assistance; home furnishings; home repair and construction services; household goods; housing placement; insurance mediation; legal assistance; mortgage assistance; primary healthcare services; rent assistance; short-term housing; short-term rental assistance; tree debris removal; and utility payment assistance.
Disaster Recovery Connection is administered by The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has been serving disasters since 1940. UMCOR brings their knowledge and experience to a community and helps set up local case managers — the people who provide care and counsel, and walk with tornado survivors through their recovery.
In response to the near record flooding, Nashville VOAD members are working together in South Nashville to help clean up storm damage, and provide much needed resources and supplies to the community.
More than 7 inches of rain fell between March 27-28, causing flooding that resulted in multiple deaths, devastated neighborhoods, and displaced residents – the second worst flood event in Nashville history.
“We know 2020 and 2021 has been filled by disaster after disaster for our community, and Nashville has always stood up to help our neighbors. It’s time to stand up for the people of South Nashville and help restore their hope, their lives and their homes,” said Lori Shinton, chair of Nashville VOAD and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “We are calling on all of our neighbors to join us to make sure that happens.”