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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 -
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
  • 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. 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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