Nashville Red Cross To Help Storm Victims

Posted at 7:29 AM, Aug 28, 2017

The Volunteer State is living up to its name as crews prepare to leave Nashville and head to Texas and Louisiana to help storm victims. 

They were expected to leave Nashville at 7:30 a.m. Monday in a Red Cross Emergency Vehicle. Volunteers will help open shelters and hand out food to people in need. 

"If it weren't for Texas and the extent of the event, Louisiana would be the story. Louisiana you have tornado after tornado after tornado being spawned," said David Kitchen, Senior Disaster Program Manager. "I think this [storm] in terms of duration, and geographical area and scope and extent will be the worst."  

The Nashville Electric Service is also sending 35 contractors that way to help. 

About 450,000 could seek disaster assistance, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. 

Over the next few days, Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to head back into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will pick up moisture before moving back over Galveston and into Houston again. 

NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to set up a fund helping storm victims.

Other ways to donate include giving to the Red Cross by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word HARVEY to 90-999 to make a $10 donation. 

*CNN contributed to this report. 

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