Press Release: Red Cross Shelter is Open to Assist Storm Victims

NASHVILLE, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – In the aftermath of the violent storms and tornadoes that swept through the state last night, the American Red Cross is currently assisting 30 local families across 10 counties in Middle and Western Tennessee today. Affected counties include: Chester, Davidson, Fayette, Henderson, Hickman, Madison, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. The number of families and the geographical area that was affected continues to grow as the Red Cross receives notifications of additional damage in other areas. An emergency shelter has been set up to provide a safe place to stay for those who need it.

WHAT: Emergency shelter location
WHO: Local residents affected by overnight storms
WHY: To help meet emergency disaster-caused needs
WHEN: Wednesday, January 30th
Northside Church of Christ
1375 Old Hickory Blvd.,
Nashville, TN

In addition to an emergency shelter, we are also doing damage assessment and client casework, where appropriate.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene are members of the Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. Volunteers are providing water, meals, snacks and a shoulder to lean on to all of those who need it.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
• Prescriptions and emergency medications
• Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
• Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
• Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
• Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
• Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
• Note – Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.

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