NASHVILLE, TN – July 14, 2021 – Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) 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.
Since the severe storms and flooding that struck our city in late March 2021, members of the Nashville VOAD have been focused on assisting survivors in a multitude of ways. The next outreach event will be held on Thursday, July 22 from 5:30-7:00pm at Plaza Mariachi and experts will focus on the following topics:
- Health Effects and Symptoms of Mold Exposure
- Long-Term Recovery Expectations
- Emotional and Spiritual Care: What to Expect From Trauma
- Legal Tips: Predatory Landlords and Contractor Fraud
- Metro Water Services Home Buyout Program
“We want our neighbors to know that we are still here to help and support them, disaster recovery is a marathon – not a sprint,” says Diane Janbakhsh, Nashville VOAD’s Flood Response Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) Chair and Executive Director of Hispanic Family Foundation. “We know that not everyone affected by these storms has contacted the VOAD long-term recovery case management team, and we want them to know that even though the window to receive FEMA assistance is closed – local assistance is still available to help them recover.”
For those who have not yet spoken to the LTRG case management team – led by the Disaster Recovery Connection – can book an appointment for one-on-one assistance in advance of event at https://bit.ly/FloodHelpApt.
In addition to the presentations and case management meetings, survivors will have access to food boxes, stress kits, hygiene kits, gift cards (while supplies last), and children’s activities.
Several Nashville VOAD members and local government offices are participating in the event on July 22 at Plaza Mariachi:
- Catholic Charities of Tennessee
- Community Resource Center
- Disaster Recovery Connection
- Hands On Nashville
- Hispanic Family Foundation
- Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
- Lutheran Disaster Response
- Metro Nashville Public Health Department
- Metro Water Services
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
To find additional information regarding survivor resources, volunteer opportunities, a list of basic essentials needed or to make a gift to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund to support the organizations assisting survivors, visit https://nashvilleresponds.com/flood-resources/.
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.