As many of you know, I made Tennessee my home before moving to Seattle in 2006. I spent about a dozen years in Chattanooga, attending a private Christian college in one of the outlying towns – and then the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where I got my graduate degree.
I like Tennessee.
I didn’t realize how much I’d grown to like it until I left it.
So now there are these floods, swamping Nashville and many other communities in the middle and western portions of the state. At this point, the Cumberland River is 12 feet above flood stage and at least 27 people are dead (18 of them in Tennessee). Many people are missing and unaccounted for. You can visit CNN for continuing coverage including videos, local news, and other assorted updates.
The Red Cross is working overtime to try and help manage the mess, but the damage is considerable, the number of displaced people is overwhelming, and the cost is extensive. Bear in mind, the American Red Cross is not a government agency. All disaster assistance is free, and is funded solely by local donations.
There are several very easy ways you can help:
(1). Visit NashvilleRedCross.org and click to donate OR arrange to volunteer.
(2). Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation on your mobile phone
(3). Call (615) 250-4300 to make a donation by phone
(4). Mail a check to the Nashville Area Red Cross at 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Keep an eye on the Middle Tennessee Red Cross for contact information, emergency phone numbers, and shelter updates. Everyone feel free to link this post around, reference it, or throw your own spin on it.
(Right now, all I can think about is how the Volunteer State kicked into action when Hurricane Katrina hit – rallying to raise money for buses, taking in people and animals, and sending service crews into the K-hole. On the day the levies failed, I was passed by a 20-year-old truck towing a battered fishing pontoon — doing light-speed on I-24. Roped to the back was a sign that said, “NOLA OR BUST.” Well, now it’s Nashville or bust, folks. Please help out if you can.)