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How you can help: TENNESSEE

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The compassion of the Tennessee Valley is showing with dozens of people asking Channel 3 how they can help the storm victims.

We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

WRCB's partners at the Times Free Press has established a Neediest Cases Fund: Southern Storms. It channels contributions to local Red Cross chapters for area tornado relief efforts. Your gift is tax deductible as permitted by law. Donate online by clicking here.

If you have had no disaster training, the best way to give is financially.
Text the word "GIVE" to 80888 to make a monetary donation to the Salvation Army or "REDCROSS" to 90999 for the Red Cross.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance:

DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov on mobile device
Phone number: 1-800-621-3362
TTY: 1-800-462-7585
call centers open 7a-10p

FEMA Disaster Assistance Centers:

All centers are open Monday - Saturday from 8 am to 6pm. They are closed on Sundays

Hamilton County: 4870 University Drive on Southern Adventist University Campus.

Hamilton County: A second center is expected to open in Tiftonia within the next few days.

Bradley County: 10 Church Street in Cleveland - If your home was damaged, regardless of your insurance status, please contact the FEMA Disaster Relief Center at # 10 Church Street to see if you qualify for assistance. Please pre-register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or  online to www.disasterassistance.gov. Representatives from the Department of Human Services will also be available to assist with food stamps and other aid.

Bradley County: Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive.  The center is located in the Vocational Technical Building on the south end of the CSCC campus.

Bledsoe County: OPENS May 12 at Brayton Baptist Church at 2827 Graysville Road in Graysville.

Rhea County: The Evensville Fire Hall Recovery Center will close on Friday May 27 at 6pm.

McMinn County: OPENS May 12 at the Claxton Volunteer Fire  DePT. at 1711 County Road 750 in Athens.

Additional Centers will be posted as they are confirmed.

DEBRIS CLEANUP:

Bradley County- County and City leaders have chosen management and debris removal companies to handle the cleanup in the aftermath of the tornados. The selections were made using the "lowest and best" criteria in order to ensure the City and County are reimbursed for the cleanup costs. True North, with an office in Murfreesboro, was chosen as the management company. True North specializes in large scale storm debris cleanup in keeping with FEMA guidelines. Residents affected by the storms are asked to keep vegetative debris separate from construction and demolition debris where practical. FEMA guidelines require it to be placed on the road right-of-way but not on the roadway and kept out of the drainage ditch if possible. Crews cannot remove debris from private property.

Bradley County: Bradley Baptist Association continues to respond to victims who need help with tree and brush clean up. If you need a chainsaw crew or a tarp for your roof, please call the BBA at 423-476-5493.  Volunteers are available daily at no charge. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, and Saturday, 8am-4pm. Please call soon because this service is scheduled to be phased out on Friday May 20th.

TENNESSEE

VOLUNTEERS:

Hamilton County: All donations of non-perishable food items should be taken to the Chattanooga Food Bank at 3402 North Hawthorne Street for distribution to storm victims.

Hamilton County: United Way's Volunteer Center is looking for immediate opportunities for callers who want to help. If your organization needs volunteers now, please call Windy Brooks at 423-752-0316 at United Way's Volunteer Center or email  windybrooks@uwchatt.org

Hamilton County:  Salvation Army needs volunteers in specific positions. call 423-756-1023 to check in advance.

Bradley County: The Distribution Center and Central Warehouse are in need of several volunteers. If you would like to donate some of your time to help disaster victims call 478-0013 or, sign up on line at www.Clevelandbradleycan.com.

Bradley County: Location is at 437 Inman Street West, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily – come to the back of the building. They will be coordinating volunteers for relief efforts, giving out information, etc.

Bradley County: The Samaritan Center at 9231 Lee Highway is accepting donations of NEW clothing items, diapers, gently used furniture, household items, etc. If you have donations questions call 423-238-7777.

Bradley County: The Salvation Army continues to offer assistance with volunteer coordination. If you would like to volunteer individually or would like to set up a group to volunteer at any of the sites involved in the collaborative effort, please call 423-308-3467.

Bradley County: The Bradley Baptist Association will dispatch and coordinate all clearing & cleanup crews in Bradley County.  They can be contacted at 476-5493. They need anyone with Back hoes, bob cats, dozers, any size chain saws, and just people able to pull brush. This will be located at Waterville Baptist Church off of Dalton pike. Anyone can come from 7 am anyday through Saturday. We would like to know a head count if possible of anyone who would be able and willing to attend. They can reach us at 423-476-7897.

Bradley County: The Red Cross will coordinate all hot meals and mobile feeding in Bradley County.  Affected residents needing food or individuals/groups looking to distribute food should contact them at 464-1849.

Rhea County: Volunteers Needed. You will need to bring your own work gloves, liquid hydration and food (plus a chainsaw if you have one). Please call City Hall on Monday morning to see how you can help: 423-775-1817.

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We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

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DONATIONS:

Hamilton County: Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Apison , has opened a Disaster Response Distribution Center (DRC)  located at 11421 Bates Road. Hours of operation are as follows: 9am to 5pm daily. Residence, who were affected by the disaster, must show proper identification to receive assistance at the Apison Distribution Center.  Any additional information, contact Pastor Jeff Brown at (423) 260-2074 or (423) 396-2055.

Hamilton County: Apison Baptist Church Disaster Relief Center, is open through May 31st, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, except Sunday, May 29th when hours will be from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Beginning June 2nd the Center will open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with its FINAL DAY of operation on June 18th.  The Center provides clothing, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and personal items for those affected by the  tornado and the related storm. The Center is located at 11127 Old East Brainerd Road in Apison.

Hamilton County: Samaritan Center in Ooltewah needs small personal care items and baby items, including formula, as well as clothing.

Hamilton County: The Salvation Army needs donations of food and bottled water brought to 5001 Covington Street, Chattanooga; and donations of gently used and new clothing brought to 4104 Ringgold Rd, East Ridge.

Hamilton County: Clothing at the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah:  Clothing is available at the Samaritan Center site in Ooltewah from 9AM to 7PM Sunday and from 12Noon to 5PM Monday to Thursday.

Hamilton County: Hamilton Family YMCA on Shallowford is collecting clothing and non-perishable food items during regular operating hours. Donations can be made to the front desk.

Hamilton County: The Chattanooga Furniture Bank will need large donations of furniture - Especially Mattresses  - to accommodate the number of displaced persons who will need furniture in the wake of disaster recovery. You can drop off furniture at 700 East 11th Street (behind the police station). Or call 423-757-9527 to arrange for pick-up of furniture.

Hamilton County:    The Food Bank is in need of the following non-perishable food items. Call 423-622-1800 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for directions or for more information.

Canned pasta
Oatmeal
Grits
Canned beans (other than green beans)
Ramen noodles
Vienna sausage
Jello
Cake mix
Cake icing
Condiments

Bradley County: If you wish to donate items to the relief efforts in Bradley County, please call first for a list of what's needed. The number for the Bradley County Resource Staging Center is 423-559-5531. You can call between the hours of 9am-5pm. The Center is keeping track of needed items. The Center will also provide you with the locations of the drop off locations. The main donation warehouse for this area is located behind White Wing Publishing at 3750 Keith Street, in Cleveland.

Bradley County: The Mayors' Coalition has established a Cleveland/Bradley County Disaster Relief Fund. The funds web site can accept electronic donations through PayPal beginning on Thursday, May 12. You can visit www.bradleydisasterrelief.org or call 423-716-1844 for more information. The funds will be funneled through United Way for accountability allocated for unmet needs of disaster victims.

Bradley County: Bradley County EMA NEEDS: Diapers; Baby formula; Cleaning supplies (mops, buckets, soap, etc.); Non-perishable food. The EMA says they are not taking donations of furniture at this time because it takes up too much room in the warehouse. The EMA also says they have plenty of bottled water and clothes right now. Contact Emergency Management Collection (regional service) in Bradley County—3700 Keith St.  Phone 423 559-5531.

Bradley County:  Park View Relief NEEDS:  gas cards, toilet paper, paper towels, pet food, batteries AA/AAA, shampoo, dish detergent, paper plates, garbage bags, fruit, coke/diet coke, mops, brooms, razors, bandaids, aspirin, neosporin, Q-tipps, cleaning supplies, sanitizing wipes, laundry detergent, can openers, Ketchup, mustard, diapers & pullups, handsanitizer, deodorant, baby wash & shampoo, cheerios & cereals, quart size freezer bags, shovels.  Donate at Park View Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bradley County: A distribution center at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy will be fully operational through 12pm Thursday May 12th. That center is being consolidated with the distribution center located at 2960 Barney's Lane in Cleveland. The Barney Lane location is off 20th Street at Michigan Avenue. The Center will provide disaster victims with nonperishable foods, commodities, toiletries, and household items. It will be open from 9am-6pm, Monday through Saturday.

Bradley County: The Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee established by the Mayors' Coalition reports they now have a large warehouse available to accept and store building supplies. Any kind of building supplies, from 2 X 4s, roofing, sheetrock to concrete block will be accepted. To donate building supplies to the long term recovery effort contact Annie Kinworthy at 476-6947. The building materials will be used to help storm victims repair their damaged homes.

We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

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UNMET NEEDS

Bradley County: The Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency has formed an "Unmet Needs Committee" that will be working to assess the community needs and then deciding the most effective way to meet these needs. If you are aware of an unmet need in our community, please call the "Unmet Needs Hotline" at 423-464-1849 between 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Bradley County:
 Qualified volunteer caregivers will be holding two free sessions to help disaster victims process their emotional trauma. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 12, from 4 to 7 PM at Arnold Elementary School. The second meeting is set for Saturday May 14, 9-AM to 1-PM at the Boys and Girls Club. For more information call 423-400-6428.

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RENTAL HOUSING

BRADLEY COUNTY- Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis would like to remind the community of the list of available rental properties in Bradley County to assist displaced families. Please visit www.bradleyco.net and click the "Available Rental Property Information" icon to see a spreadsheet of options. If you have available rental property and would like it to be listed, please contact the County Mayor's office at 423-728-7146.

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SHELTERS:

United Way of Greater Chattanooga announces that transportation to local disaster shelters can be made available for families and individuals who are stranded. 

If you or a family member are stranded and you need transportation to a local disaster shelter, please dial 2-1-1 and they will arrange for transportation for you and your family. 

If you are sick or injured and need to go to a hospital, please call 9-1-1 for life-saving emergency services. 

Chattanooga Red Cross Shelters
South Chattanooga Recreation Center
1151 W. 40th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37410 
Phone 425-3550

Pikeville 1st Baptist Church
2871 Main St.
Pikeville, TN 37367

Sequatchie High School
523 Highway 28
Dunlap, TN

Rhea  County Area Shelters 
Central Baptist
321 Clinton Ave
Spring City TN
365-3685

Other Bledsoe County Area Shelters 
Bledsoe 1st Southern Baptist Church
2871 Main Street
Pikeville TN 37367
(423) 447-2849

Other Sequatchie County Area Shelters 
Sequatchie High School
523 Hwy 28
Dunlap Tennessee 37327
(423) 949-2154

Northwest GA Red Cross Shelters 
Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School
2 A Highway
Fort Oglethorpe, GA

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We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

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SERVICES:

FOOD, WATER, CLOTHES

Hamilton County: Apison Baptist Church has set up a Disaster Relief facility  in the Faith Building of the church. located at 11127 Old East Brainerd Road. The center offers clothing, household goods, non-perishable food items, toys, toiletries, cleaning supplies and much more.  HOURS: Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm throughout the month of May. If a need still exists it will remain open through June 30th.  Call  (423) 236-4291.

Bradley County: Diapers and baby supplies available at Red Cross/Salvation Army Relief Center at Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy.

TETANUS SHOTS:

Hamilton County: Hamilton County Health Dept is offering free tetanus shots Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department at 423-209-8190.

Bradley County: Bradley County Health Dept offering free tetanus shots to those injured due to storms/damage cleanup. 423-593-1381

 

PET FOOD

McKamey Animal Center volunteers and staff are delivering pet food to victims of the tornadoes with pets in need. Please call 305-6508 if you are a tornado victim in need of pet food or other pet assistance.

 

SHOWERS

HAMILTON COUNTY:

The YMCA is opening showers and locker rooms at the following locations for storm victims and out of town volunteers.

Downtown Chattanooga YMCA
301 W 6th St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Hamilton Family YMCA
7430 Shallowford Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421

North River YMCA
4138 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN 37415

BRADLEY COUNTY:

Cleveland YMCA
220 Urbane Rd.
Cleveland, TN 37312

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We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

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URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS

Blood Assurance Offices:

Chattanooga – Main Office
705 East 4th Street
Chattanooga, TN
423-756-0966

Chattanooga – Erlanger Hospital
975 East 3rd Street
Chattanooga, TN
423-756-6886

Chattanooga – East Brainerd
1740 Gunbarrel Road, Suite B
Chattanooga, TN
423-893-7454

Hixson – North River
1920 Northpoint Blvd, Suite A
Hixson, TN (Behind Lowe's)
423-876-5289

Cleveland
2855 Keith Street NW
Cleveland, TN
423-476-3201

Dalton
100 West Walnut Avenue
Dalton, GA
706-226-7735

Fort Oglethorpe
2720 Lafayette Road
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
706-861-5983

Fort Payne
1906 Glenn Blvd
Fort Payne, AL
256-845-3513

Blood Assurance pleads to anyone able to get to a blood center or bloodmobile to do so immediately.

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We are working to gather information for each of the agencies working on disaster relief in our area. If you represent one of these organizations, contact the WRCB newsroom at news@wrcbtv.com to let us know what you are doing to help.

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LOCALLY RUN RECOVERY WEBSITES:

REGIONAL: United Way of Greater Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA: Chattanooga Area Disaster Relief

CLEVELAND: Park View Relief

 

 

 

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