HOW TO HELP: Wildfires Devastate Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund
The American Red Cross is helping people in Tennessee where raging wildfires have forced them from their homes.
Strong winds are fanning the flames, which have affected as many as 100 homes so far, along with hotels, schools and other facilities in Sevier County. The wildfire is burning in the vicinity of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where as many as 14,000 people were asked to evacuate. Red Cross workers opened three shelters where 1,200 people spent Monday night. The Red Cross is also providing meals and snacks and public health workers in the area are available for health services.
Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief
Currently, they are setup at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and that will be their temporary (long-term) shelter. They are running 24 hours a day while animals continue to be brought in and numerous animals have experienced smoke inhalation.
Volunteer East Tennessee
Volunteer East Tennessee is connecting volunteers to volunteer needs in response to the Sevier County fires. Volunteer East Tennessee is working to identify specific needs as well as reaching out to community-based organizations in the affected area to determine where volunteer support is needed.