After The Storm: How and where to help
(WRCB) - Rescue and recovery crews are evaluating the damage in the wake of the storms that struck on March 2nd.
Much like after the April 27th Storms of last year, we will be compiling a list of needs from area organizations working to help our neighbors that need it most.
Check back often as this will be updated frequently.
Those wishing to help with those working in the storm damaged areas and the residents affected by the storms between Harrison and Ooltewah are asked to bring disaster relief and donations to Camp Joy on Hunter Road where the Salvation Army and Red Cross are set up. Anyone can do the same at Greenwood Baptist Church located at 8529 Snowhill Road. Both locations will offer meals to workers and residents in the affected area.
The Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army continues to serve meals, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care after Friday's storms. The Salvation Army served almost 700 meals, over 1,000 drinks, and prayed with over 100 individuals on Saturday in Hamilton and Bradley Counties.
"We have tripled our feeding teams now that roads are becoming more accessible and we will continue to serve those in need. Right now monetary donations are most needed so we can keep our supplies plentiful," says Area Commander Major Algerome Newsome.
The Samaritan Center's box truck was loaded with tarps, nails, gloves boxes, water, flashlights, personal care kits, and other supplies for anyone who had suffered damage from the storms. Director Tony Dahlberg said that more than $4,000 of supplies have been purchased thus far, in addition to supplies received from Adventist Disaster Services for distribution.
The truck will continue making rounds to provide for the immediate needs for the next several days. Then the staff will transition into case management, helping people with food, gas, and more as they recover from the storms. The Samaritan Center also provided $500 of food to the Bayside Baptist Church, which is providing meals for those working and who lost their homes, and they are prepared to continue assisting in this and other efforts to help people recover as quickly as possible.
Needs change quickly at times like this, but the biggest request right now is for boxes, as people are gathering their belongings. Any donations may be brought to the Samaritan Center at 9231 Lee Highway between 1 and 4pm on Sunday or 8am-7pm Monday-Thursday.
The Chattanooga Humane Educational Society (HES) is accepting pet food donations to help provide food for local animals that have lost their homes during the current storms. Dog and cat food can be dropped off at HES from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to donate but cannot make it during our hours of operation, you can leave the food in the breezeway up against the building and therefore out of the elements.
If your pets are displaced from home, please contact HES for assistance at 423-624-5302 or email@example.com. You can also post information and your pet's photo on their facebook page. The HES also needs volunteers to transport food. Let them know if you can help transport food to those in need by emailing Jeanine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers from TN Baptist Disaster Relief are responding to the devastating storms that moved through the state on Friday. Trained assessors are moving into the impacted areas in Tennessee to discover the specific needs and how the volunteer teams can help.
The Greenwood Baptist Church at 8529 Snowhill Rd in Ooltewah is making lunches and dinners for all the emergency crews and are asking for donations of food and volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals.
Tellico Plains are having all volunteers come to Tellico Plains High School. Donations for food are received there also. Clothes are being taken at New Providence Church on New Providence Rd off of 68 Hwy.
In Etowah, relief efforts, including donations of water and nonperishable food items are being coordinated by and at the Etowah Rescue Squad at S. Tennessee Ave in Etowah.
Diaper Duty of Chattanooga is accepting diapers and other baby needs for the littlest victims of yesterday's storms. Contact them at 423-999-9718 if you would like to donate diapers, clothes, formula, wipes, and toys. They will start donating to the shelters Sunday.
If your organization is aiding victims of the March 2 Storms, send an email with details to email@example.com.