Nashville Explosion Recovery
On the morning of December 25, a recreational vehicle exploded in the area of 2nd Ave. N. and Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. The explosion, which is under investigation, affected residential and commercial structures over multiple city blocks and directly impacted AT&T’s communications system across Tennessee, Kentucky, and northern Alabama. Gov. Bill Lee is asking the federal government to assist Metropolitan Nashville in its response and recovery efforts following the intentional explosion that injured three people and damaged 41 buildings.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has created a recovery website to offer resources for individuals and businesses impacted by the explosion, available at https://www.tn.gov/tema/get-involved/nashville-explosion-recovery.html.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that United Way of Greater Nashville will activate its Restore the Dream Fund to accept charitable donations from the community to help individuals affected by the explosion. The United Way is accepting donations to its disaster relief fund via its website or text. To contribute to the Restore the Dream Fund, visit www.unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text “RESTORE 20” to 41444.
Hands On Nashville has been posting volunteer opportunities that support efforts to get essential items to survivors and first responders at https://www.hon.org/.