Disaster Response

Explore active, long-term, and previous Nashville VOAD disaster responses

Past Responses

March 2021 Flood

More than 7 inches of rain fell between March 27-28, 2021, causing flooding that resulted in multiple deaths, devastated neighborhoods, and displaced residents – the second worst flood event in Nashville history.

In response, the Disaster Recovery Connection, a helpline administered by The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), was established to provide immediate support.

Christmas Day Bombing 2020

In the wake of an explosion in downtown Nashville early morning on Christmas Day, Nashville’s residents showed up to support one another — making the phrase “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” ring true for this Middle Tennessee community.

The Nashville community continues to be here to help those impacted by the tragedy on December 25, 2020, as part of the historic downtown response and recovery.

March 2020 Tornado

Finding and serving tornado survivors — in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and economic crisis, no less — remains the focus of the Davidson County Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG).

The LTRG offers additional long-term assistance to individuals affected by the disaster who do not have adequate personal resources, and stewards volunteer, material and financial resources.

Do NOT self-deploy

Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area.

Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.

When the time comes, volunteer opportunities will be available through our partner organizations so that you can help your neighbor under the guidance of experienced organizations.

Do stay involved

Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster. Especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.