Hurricane Disaster Relief | How to Help

Relief for Florida Following Hurricane Irma

Florida is in the early stages of responding to the damage from Hurricane Irma, whose path traversed the nearly entire state. 

As with Hurricane Harvey, Tennesseans are eager to provide support to those effected by Hurricane Irma. Financial donations to vetted organizations are among the most effective ways to contribute in the early response to a natural disaster. The following resources are available to help determine how best to assist those recovering from the disaster and where to donate funds.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has a network of organizations that are either prepared to respond or are actively responding to hurricane disaster relief in both Texas and Florida.

Tri Star Support for the Lone Star

Southeastern Texas has been devastated with unprecedented flooding and other disasters as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the area in late August.

Tennesseans who would like to assist with disaster relief efforts can do so through a number of organizations. In the early stages of active rescue and recovery from the event, financial donations are the most effective and helpful way to contribute.  The following resources can help to determine where to donate funds and how best to assist those affected by the disaster.

Additionally, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TX VOAD) network has a list of disaster organizations that are actively responding to Hurricane Harvey. The list includes organizations that provide food relief for survivors and rescue organizations for animals affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.

Information for Those Evacuating to Tennessee

The American Red Cross, along with community partners and independent community partners has opened 5 shelters in Tennessee for evacuees of Hurricane Irma (information as of 9/11/17):

  • Christ Lutheran Church, 229 Haywood Lane, Nashville, TN 37211 (Capacity 20, Availability 20, Pet Friendly Shelter)
  • East Brainerd Church of Christ, 7745 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 (Capacity 200, Availability 169, Special Needs Shelter)
  • First Lutheran Church, 118 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 (Capacity 20, Availability 20, Pet Friendly Shelter)
  • University Parkway Baptist Church, 219 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604 (Capacity 75, Availability 73)
  • Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38104 (Capacity 200, Available 97)

The American Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring personal items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medication, extra clothes, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and important documents.

Find a shelter by visiting or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips.

The Tennessee Department of Tourism asks Hurricane Irma evacuees check at Tennessee Welcome Centers for a list of available hotel and motel accommodations as lodging availability is constantly being updated.