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Nashville Explosion Recovery

The morning of December 25, 2020, downtown Nashville was targeted in an intentional explosion. Impacts of this explosion include structural damage and disruptions to critical communications infrastructure. This page offers resources for those recovering and will be updated regularly.

Federal Disaster Assistance
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has requested an emergency disaster declaration for Davidson County as a result of the intentional explosion. 

The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is urging community members who have been displaced from their homes due to the explosion and are in need of assistance to call 1-800-RED CROSS. 

United Way
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 that occurred in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. United Way is accepting donations to its disaster relief fund via its website or text. To contribute to the Restore the Dream Fund, visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text “RESTORE 20” to 41444.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has created a website for resources and donations. Visit https://www.salvationarmynashville.org/

Community Resource Center of Nashville 
For 35 years, the Community Resource Center of Nashville (CRC) has been a supply line to the front lines of poverty. Our mission is to empower our partner agencies to maintain their focus on providing critical services to Middle Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations by relieving them of the burden of securing basic essential products. Currently, CRC is collection donations for those impacted by the explosion. Visit http://crcnashville.org/

Assistance for Individuals and Businesses
The Nashville community is here to help those impacted by the tragedy on December 25 as part of the historic downtown response and recovery. For more information please visit: https://nashvillestrong2021.org/

Tennessee Statewide Crisis Phone Line
Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) to speak with a caring, trained mental health professional, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, if you are experiencing a mental health emergency. You can also text TN to 741741.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Filing Insurance Claims
After a disaster, file your claim as soon as possible. Call your insurance company or agent with your policy number and other relevant information. Your policy may require that you make the notification within a certain time frame. Save all receipts, including those from the temporary repairs covered by your policy. TDCI’s Insurance Division can be reached at (615) 741-2218 or online at www.tn.gov/commerce.

Hiring Contractors
Before hiring a professional such as a contractor, consumers should first verify that the individual is properly licensed to work in Tennessee by visiting www.verify.tn.gov to conduct a license check. Keep a record of your property damage and any repairs made to your property.

If you are dealing with a company or person who promises to remove debris from your property, ask them to list the services they will provide in writing. The Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors can be reached at (615) 741-8307 or online at www.tn.gov/commerce.