Memphis agencies ready to help victims after catastrophic Tennessee floods

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – As flood rescues continue in Middle Tennessee, some agencies in Memphis stand ready to help.

At least 16 people have been confirmed dead in the catastrophic flooding on Saturday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said. Governor Bill Lee on Monday sent FEMA a request for an expedited major disaster declaration for the four affected counties: Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys.

John Brown, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Mid-South, said his agency is mobilizing as quickly as possible to help those who are suffering. Brown arrived in Dickson County on Monday.

“We will focus on food, emergency disaster supplies. As you know, people are already stressed by the current COVID situation. We will have sanity. We will have spiritual care, ”said Brown.

The Red Cross will provide shelter and food but will also coordinate incoming donations, including from the Mid-South. Partners include Dollar General and FedEx, Brown said.

Other agencies are waiting to see how they can help.

Charles Newell, executive administrator of the Shelby County EMA readiness office, said his agency had yet to be called but was ready to take their brand new mobile command center if called.

“It could be used as communication and coordination between law enforcement and rescue teams there,” Newell said.

They also have tents, generators and ATVs for transportation.

TEMA and FEMA are already on the ground to help.

“It’s a terrible situation. We come to bring health and care to people here and we just want to do it the best we can, ”Brown said.

A resource page on flood recovery in mid-Tennessee is online at
• A flood survivor helpline is available at 615-338-7404 to request volunteer help with cleanup.

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