(photo taken by Jessica Tezak, Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
As you’re likely already aware, communities in the Smoky Mountains region of Eastern Tennessee have been devastated by recent wildfires. Here is our knowledge of the damage this catastrophe has caused thus far:
- 7 people dead
- Over 700 buildings damaged/destroyed
- About 14,000 residents and tourists evacuated
- Over 17,000 acres of tourist-attracting land burned
Fortunately, recent rainfall has helped contain the blaze, as well as provide drought relief to much of the Deep South, but not until extreme levels of damage had already occurred. This region needs your help, and we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can pitch in.
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville Emergency Response Fund – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing assistance both immediate and long term”
Tennessee Wildfires Children’s Relief Fund – Save the Children. “Save the Children stands ready to help children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time.”
Wildfires: Red Cross Responds in Tennessee – American Red Cross. “The Red Cross is also providing meals and snacks and public health workers in the area are available for health services.”
How to help Gatlinburg, Pigeon Force fire evacuees – WBIR. Compilation of local businesses/agencies assisting with wildfire relief efforts.
Gatlinburg wildfire relief: How you can help – WVLT. Compilation of local businesses/agencies assisting with wildfire relief efforts.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP
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As always, you can visit our Disaster Relief Charities page. Many of them likely already have or will soon have relief funds for the Tennessee wildfires. If not, they offer a multitude of additional opportunities to assist with disaster recovery worldwide.