Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund Established by CFMT Due to Record Rain, Flooding

In the wake of record-setting rains, power outages, road closures and water rescues throughout the city, and flashflood warnings in Davidson and surrounding counties, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has created the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs.

Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing vital services both immediate and long term. Our work helps free nonprofits up to concentrate on delivering vital services while we “connect generosity with need” and our community sets out to rebuild lives.


Your tax-deductible gift will be reflected on your credit card statement as The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

To donate by check, make it out to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and note the Fund name in the memo line.

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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
P.O. Box 440225
Nashville, TN 37244

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issue a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon, urging citizens across the state to follow the instructions of emergency officials and to stay on alert due to rising flood waters and the potential for more severe weather, The Tennessean reported.

A tornado watch was issued for Davidson County and most of Middle Tennessee about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, and was to run until 10 p.m.

Nashville broke the record for rainfall for the month of February earlier Saturday, The Tennessean reported, as more than 12 inches have fallen this month. That’s the highest total since 1880. The National Weather Service was calling for at least an additional half-inch to one inch of rainfall expected through the evening hours, with locally higher amounts possible on already saturated ground conditions through the evening hours tonight.

The National Weather Service’s flash-flood warning was to continue until midnight in the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, De Kalb, Dickson, Fentress, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson.

Potentially life-threatening flooding will be very possible, the National Weather Service reported.

“We know when disasters strike, there are no quick fixes,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We need to support the affected communities and the nonprofits on the ground helping victims and addressing their needs.” 

The Community Foundation has been involved in disaster response funding for more than two decades, including the 1993 ice storm and 1998 tornadoes in Middle Tennessee, and in 2004 when a tsunami slammed ashore in Southeast Asia. Historic Tennessee flooding in 2010 resulted in 21 deaths across the state and $2 billion in damages to private property in the Nashville area alone.

Through collaborative work with many local organizations and entities of government, a plan was outlined that resulted in The Community Foundation becoming an integrated part of the Nashville official disaster manual created by the Office of Emergency Management and has been designated by the city of Nashville as the central repository for giving at the time of disaster.

This collaborative work and advance planning served our community and Middle Tennessee well during the 1,000-year flood of 2010 and the region’s record-breaking recovery.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939.