Help Tornado Victims in Appalachia

Photo used with permission from the American Red Cross

This morning, we awoke to heart wrenching images from yesterday’s devastating tornadoes. Homes, schools, and in some instances entire towns were torn apart as damaging storms and more than 95 tornadoes tore across the Midwest and into the Appalachians.

I know we’re all eager to help. Here are announcements that I’ve found for ways to donate funds, time, and other resources to the disaster response efforts in our region and beyond. As I find more ways to help, I’ll add them to the list. Please also share any announcements that you find. Submit them as comments below, and I’ll incorporate them into this post.

If you have been affected by the storms or tornadoes, you can find food, water, and a safe place to stay at an American Red Cross shelter.

March 2, 2012 reported tornadoes. Click for interactive map.


For volunteer information, call 2-1-1 (in Alabama) or toll-free 888-421-1266.


Central Bank locations are accepting donations for Kentucky Cares, a campaign established with the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Checks can also be mailed to the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross at 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511 with Kentucky Cares in the memo line.

A truck at the Hamburg Pavilion Walmart in Lexington will be collecting goods on Monday, March 5th from noon to 7:00 PM.  Items needed include cleaning supplies, garbage bags, paper products, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable food.

Donate blood throughout central Kentucky with Kentucky Blood Center, which has locations in Lexington, Pikeville, and Somerset.

Kentucky Emergency Management has a special page set up for volunteer information.

I’ve seen that you can donate at Fifth Third Bank and Kroger in central Kentucky, but it’s not clear to which organizations.

North Carolina
In and near Cherokee County, please call Cherokee County Emergency Services at (828) 837-7352 to volunteer to help with cleanup. Monetary and other donations are being centralized to the Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross. Please call them at (828) 258-3888 then press extension 206 for Rachael Allen.


Greater Chattanooga Red Cross will begin holding volunteer orientations on Saturday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. Positions include: warehouse, feeding, runners and office workers. Background checks are required. Contact this Red Cross chapter for additional dates and times.

Salvation Army Chattanooga is also seeking stand-by volunteers. Text your name and email to 423-505-1052 to be added to the list.

The McKamey Animal Center in Chatanooga has a dog and cat food bank available for pets that have been affected by the storms. If your pets are displaced from your home or if you find displaced pets, please call 423-305-6500.

West Virginia

The Huntington Area Food Bank is sending a truck filled with food to hard hit areas in eastern Kentucky. They are accepting financial donations.


American Red Cross: donations can be made online or by calling 1-800 RED CROSS. You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. If you’d like to volunteer your time, you can search for volunteer opportunities online.

The Salvation Army donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. $10 donations can also be made by texting the word STORM to 80888.

World Vision donations can be made online or by calling 1-888-56CHILD. $10 donations can be made by texting WV to 20222.



  • tipper

    Thank you for the list! Here is some info for folks who want to help in Cherokee County NC-information from Murphy, NC radio station WKRK:

    A system is in place to help your neighbors in need. To volunteer to help with cleanup please call Cherokee County Emergency Services at (828) 837-7352. For monetary or other donations to help with recovery, that is being centralized to the Western North Carolina Regional office of the American Red Cross. Please call them at (828) 258-3888 then press extension 206 for Rachael Allen.

  • Laecy

    Fifth Third Bank is accepting donations and they will be set up in Hambug in Lexington today and tomorrow to accept donations.

  • Uncle

    Heartbreaking. I saw a video clip today with a guy who has gotten wiped out twice inside of a year.

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