How to Help Middle Tennessee Tornado Devastation

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities affected by the storms in the Middle Tennessee area the morning of March 3, 2020. There’s something special about Tennessee that when a disaster like this happens, we are all wondering how to help. We hope this will provide a resource for you on how you can help those in need or get help for yourself or those effected.


Home and Property Clean Up Help
A Crisis Cleanup Help Line is in place for Tennesseans who need help with debris removal and home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. The Crisis Cleanup Hot Line is a toll-free call to 1-800-451-1954. The number is staffed 24/7. Callers should be ready to provide their name and contact information, and a brief description of their issue, to the relief agency representative who answers the Hot Line. If a relief agency representative is not available, callers can leave a message with their contact information to receive a return call.

The Crisis Cleanup Help Line is a coordinated effort to help Tennessee tornado survivors between the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Volunteer Tennessee and the Crisis Cleanup organization.


Hands On Nashville – Volunteer Opportunities
Hands On Nashville is working closely with the City of Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management to ensure all of the available resources are in place to help the community in the wake of destructive tornadoes, power outages and road closures. Those interested in volunteering can express interest at and as individual cleanup projects are identified, they will be added to this site. Hands On Nashville will provide updates to you as soon as they know more.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – Make a Donation
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. Give to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund here.

Community Resource Center – Product Donations
To donate goods (everything EXCEPT clothing): Community Resource Center is the official agency for product donation. They are specifically looking for personal hygiene products, bleach, trash bags, box cutters and gloves at this time.

If you need a safe place to go, here is a list of open Red Cross shelters:
Nashville – Centennial Sports Plex, 222 25th. Ave N
Nashville – East High School, 110 Gallatin Ave.
Mt. Juliet – Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Ln.
Lebanon – Highland Heights Church of Christ, 505 N. Cumberland St.
Cookeville – First Baptist, 18 South Walnut Ave

Website: American Red Cross
Phone: 615-250-4300

To donate food, visit Second Harvest Food Bank.


If you want to help in the Cookeville area, email

Bank of Putnam County (at all of the 19 locations)
Venmo @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado

In need of help?

  • The Putnam County Health Department is open and receiving patients for non-emergency treatment.
  • Emergency shelters are open at both the Cookeville Community Center, National Guard Armory and the YMCA. Also: Sovereign Grace Church, Stevens Street Baptist Church, Jefferson Ave Church of Christ, Double Springs Church of Christ and the Red Cross Shelter is at First Baptist Church.
  • Beginning Thursday, March 5 and continuing Friday, March 6, Cane Creek Elementary School, Baxter Primary School, Cornerstone Elementary School, Upperman Middle School and Upperman High School will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for children of families directly impacted by the storms. Bus transportation will be provided from designated shelters to these school sites.

If you are able, blood donations are helpful at this time. Blood Assurance is located at 155 Broad Street in Cookeville.