Disaster Relief: Serving our Communities

Many of you WANT to help the victims and communities ravaged by last week’s tornados – but aren’t sure how, where, or what to do.   Here’s a list of shelters, food pantries, churches and volunteer groups that need help or donations – just look for your county below to see what you can do!  If you can’t volunteer or drop off items – you can always give financially as well.  See below for more information.

How to give financially
Text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a monetary donation to the Salvation Army or “REDCROSS” to 90999 for the Red Cross.

FEMA Disaster Assistance:

Mobile Device - m.fema.gov
Phone number: 1-800-621-3362
TTY: 1-800-462-7585
call centers open 7a-10p

United Way’s Disaster Contact Information
For a full list of ways to assist, please visit the United Way’s 211 Disaster Services Update website.

FEMA Disaster Assistance Centers:

  • Catoosa County – Shirley Smith Learning Center on the Benton Place Campus
  • Dade County- Dade County Administrative Building
  • Walker County – Agriculture Center in Rock Springs

As other Centers are added this list will be updated.


Hamilton County

  • Non-Perishable Food items - Food can be dropped off at the Chattanooga Food Bank at 3402 North Hawthorne Street Chattanooga, TN.
  • United Way Volunteer Center Immedieate Volunteer Opportunities - If you’d like to volunteer your time and services or if you need volunteers call Windy Brooks 423.752.0316 or email windybrooks@uwchatt.org.
  • Salvation Army Volunteer Opportunities - Call 423-308-3467 to confirm availablity.   Meet at 437 Inman Street West (the back of the building) open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be coordinating volunteers for relief efforts, giving out information, etc.  423-308-3467

Bradley County

  • Clothing, furniture, & household item donations:  The Samaritan Center is accepting donations of NEW clothing items, diapers, baby wipes, gently used furniture and other household items.  9231 Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN  423-238-7777.
  • Salvation Army Volunteer Opportunities:  Individuals or groups interested in volunteering will be to specific locations and groups needing assistance.   Call 423.308.3467
  • Cleaning and Cleanup Crew Volunteers – Coordinated by The Bradley Baptist Association please call 423.476.5493.
  • Hot Meals & Mobile Feeding - Any groups or individuals interested in helping with hot food preparation and/or mobile feeding contact The Red Cross 423.464.1849.   Anyone affected by the storms in need of food please contact The Red Cross at 423.464.1849.
  • Legal Help:  Call 423.303.1031 for free legal advice for storm victims.  Provided by The Bradley County Bar Association.
  • Need Diapers: Beginning Tuesday at 10am a tractor-trailer load of diapers will be available to families in need.  The truck will be in the parking lot of White Wing Publishing Company.
  • Missing Animals:  Several animals have been found since the storm, check with the Cleveland Animal Shelter if you are missing a pet.


  • Volunteers Needed-Contact City Hall at 423.775.1817 for information.  Volunteers need to  supply their own work gloves, drinks for hydration and food.  If you have access to a chainsaw please bring with you.

Walker County

  • Volunteers Needed -  Meet at Chattanooga Valley Church 90 Nick-A-Jack Lane, Flinstone, GA 30725.  Call coordinator at 706.638.1909 for more informaion.

Lost Food Stamps: For those who lost food stamps due to the disaster, contact the food stamp office for assistance.  A percentage of the stamps will be replaces on the EBT card by DHS.

For more information click here for a link to The United Way of Chattanooga.

For places to give in Alabama – see this hugely helpful list HERE


  1. Lacey says

    Come on over to Battlefield Primary school in Fort Oglethorpe( it is across from IHOP and Lowe’s) from 12-5 Wednesday or 8-12 on Thursday to drop of spiral bound notebooks, pencils, and pens for Ringgold Middle School and High School students!

  2. Natalie says

    Something that would be helpful to people replacing spoiled food would be a summary of the best deals of the week on things like ketchup, eggs, et cetera, that almost everyone will be buying again. Does anyone know a site where that might be available, or have ideas on how to come up with such a list?

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