Nashville VOAD members coordinating response efforts for those affected by flooding

NASHVILLE, Tenn – March 31, 2021 – Nashville Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a collaboration of nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations from across the city that step in to help Davidson County recover when disaster strikes.

The group of more than 40 organizations has been working together to provide a single point of entry for those in Nashville who have been affected by the recent flooding to gain access to the wide variety of resources available within Nashville VOAD’s membership.

“After the March 2020 tornado, we realized a tool needed most by our community was a streamlined way to place survivor needs in front of the organizations that could best assist them,” states Lori Shinton, Chair of Nashville VOAD and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “What we have created is a quick and easy form that any survivor can fill out, whether the need is large or small, allowing us to distribute information to the appropriate agencies best suited to assist in fulfilling those needs.”

For individuals requiring help to request assistance or those who do not have access to a computer, a Crisis Line has been activated and language translation services are available. Calls can be made 24 hours-a-day at 615-244-7444. A case worker will follow-up within 24 to 48 hours.

Immediate needs may include temporary housing, flood clean-up, food, financial assistance, clothing, mental health support, home repairs, legal assistance and more.

Flood survivors requiring assistance with storm drain clearing, street side debris removal, or other city-related services, can call 311 or go to https://hub.nashville.gov. Those impacted also can report damage with the Office of Emergency Management at https://maps.nashville.gov/NERVE/

To find additional information on survivor resources, volunteer opportunities, and a list of items needed or to make a gift to support the organizations assisting survivors, visit https://nashvilleresponds.com/flood-resources/.

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About Nashville VOAD
The purpose of the Nashville VOAD is to strengthen area-wide disaster coordination and preparedness by sharing programs, policies, information, and engaging in joint planning, education, and training. During times of active disaster, it provides a single point of coordination for all organizations seeking to assist survivors in our community so that needs are met in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.