May 052010

The record flooding across several midwest states has turned personal for the region’s dispatchers. At least three Nashville Metro 911 dispatchers have lost their homes and belongings, and many more are unable to safely return home because of the high water. The 911CARES organization has just issued an activation to assist the affected dispatchers, and is asking for assistance from comm centers across the country. “One dispatcher was rescued by boat just before her home flooded,” says Kevin Willett of 911CARES. “Many other dispatchers have had the contents of their homes flooded or destroyed.” 911CARES is asking for monetary donations and for supplies. Check the group’s plan and other information after the break.After talking to Metro 911, Willett offers this plan for those who want to assist

  • Take up a clothing/supply collection and send it to Nashville Metro 911 directly (address below)
  • Take up a monetary collection and turn them into either Wal-Mart or Target gift cards and send them to Nashville Metro 911 directly (address below)
  • Make a credit card donation by calling 911 CARES at 800-348-8911. We accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express. 100% of your donation will be applied to the NASHVILLE ACTIVATION.
The 911CARES call center is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT), and you can also go to their #006699;" href="">Web siteto make a donation on our store page. All donations this week will go to the Nashville incident.
Supplies and clothing is also needed:
  • Send clean, new or gently used adult clothes or kids clothing. (Wash them before sending them and mark sizes on them)
  • We do not have a specific size list due to the continuing emergency but all sizes are currently needed. Jeans, polos, t-shirts and casual clothes are best. Sweats and sweat shirts are great also.
  • Blankets, towels, sheets.
  • Kids toys and books and teddy bears.
  • Just imagine losing the contents of your home. What would you need most? Fill that need.
Willett says 911CARES will continue to coordinate efforts with Nashville and will post updates on our their Facebook page.
Lastly, Willett also notes the recent shooting and officer death that affected the Detroit 9-1-1 Center. “Send a card of condolence to let them know that 911 CARES,” he says.
You can send clothing or other items directly to Metro 911 U.S. mail, Fed-Ex or UPS. The center is on high ground and are able to accept shipments.
Nashville Metro – 911 CARES
Attn: Michelle Peterson
2060 15th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
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