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Direct Relief Assesses Medical Needs After Deadly Tennessee Tornadoes



Damage seen in the greater Nashville area on Dec. 9, 2023, after tornadoes swept through several counties. (Photo courtesy of the Nashville Office of Emergency Management)

Deadly tornadoes swept through multiple counties in Tennessee over the weekend, killing at least six people and injuring dozens.

More than 15,000 people were without power on Monday, and shelters have been activated for people displaced from their homes due to the infrastructure damage and power interruptions. Three people were killed in Davidson County, which includes Nashville, and there other deaths were recorded in Clarksville in Montgomery County, located on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

Direct Relief has offered assistance to health centers and free clinics in impacted areas. Direct Relief is in communication with the Faith Family Medical Clinic, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Neighborhood Health, Siloam Health, and University Community Health, all located in Davidson County, Tennessee. The organization is also reaching out to facilities in Montgomery County about potential needs.

In addition to acute injuries from flying debris and structural damage, tornado impacts can also create a host of other health concerns, including a lack of access to chronic disease medications, which can result in emergency room visits.

Direct Relief maintains an inventory of medications commonly requested after disasters and has responded to past tornadoes in the region, most recently in December 2021, when tornadoes wreaked havoc across multiple states, including several of the areas impacted by this week’s storms.

The organization will continue to respond to needs as they become known.

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