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Hurricane Florence Relief

A Message for Hurricane Florence Evacuees
Please do not attempt to return to your homes in North Carolina or South Carolina at this time.  First responders are conducting life-saving missions and electric crews are working to restore power.  It is still a dangerous situation and will remain perilous even when the storm passes.  North Carolina and South Carolina emergency management officials will announce when it is safe to return.  Check their websites for updates at  and at

Open Shelters in Tennessee

  • Johnson City: Crossroads Christian Church, 1300 Suncrest Drive, Gray, TN 37615
  • Knoxville: Central Baptist of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919
  • Chattanooga: Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center, 1010 N. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Charity Navigator has a list of organizations providing Hurricane Florence relief.

National VOAD is where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.

FEMA Rumor Control
Hurricane Florence rumor control is the best place to get accurate information. During disasters, it’s critical to avoid spreading false information. Always check with official sources before sharing.

Use ReadyTN for weather and safety alerts, emergency kits, current traffic, local emergency management contact information, and more!

Red Cross Shelters
The Red Cross website has a complete list of open shelters. You can also visit the ReadyTN app or text "Shelters" and your zip code to 43362.

Tennessee State Parks
Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of campsite, cabin, inn and group lodging options, a number of which are available through next week. Reservation inquiries can be made by calling 615-920-3432, in person at the park or online.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Hurricane Florence evacuees can visit Tennessee welcome centers for a list of available hotel and motel accommodations.

Carolina Center for Public Service
A list of Hurricane Florence preparation materials.
Resources for before, during, and after a hurricane.

North Carolina Hurricane Information
Hurricane Florence information from the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency.

South Carolina Hurricane Information
Hurricane Florence information from the South Carolina Emergency Management Agency.

Disaster Distress Hotline
Phone: 1-800-985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Displaced residents and relief workers can find free housing during Hurricane Florence.


The crisis response feature on Facebook allows users to mark themselves safe, connect to others, and get emergency information.

Emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by Hurricane Florence

Rx Open helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster.

North Carolina residents can call 1-888-622-7328
South Carolina residents can call 1-800-554-5268

American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund maintains a natural disaster resource page for dialysis patients and renal professionals. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call 1-866-901-3773.

Out-of-State Taxpayers
Out-of-state taxpayers affected by Hurricane Florence may request a filing extension for their Tennessee tax returns. Tennessee law allows natural disaster victims located in federally declared disaster areas to request a filing extension for state tax returns. For more information, please read important notice #17-19 on the Tennessee Department of Revenue’s website.

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