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Tornado Response Updates

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Tornado Emergency Financial Assistance, Deadline Now April 7, 2020

Eligible households now have until Wednesday, April 7, 2020, to contact the American Red Cross

March 30, 2020 - The American Red Cross is further extending the deadline to file for emergency financial assistance to people whose homes suffered major damage or were destroyed by the recent tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee. The new deadline is April 7, 2020. READ MORE

First Horizon Foundation Supports Middle Tennessee Tornado Relief Efforts with $25,000 Donation and Matching Campaign

Donations made to the American Red Cross will be matched up to an additional $25,000

March 23, 2020 - First Horizon Foundation today announced that it is expanding its work with the American Red Cross to assist the communities affected by Middle Tennessee's recent tornado outbreak. Public donations to the American Red Cross will be matched by First Horizon Foundation, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $25,000. The funds will provide much needed support to the Cookeville and Middle Tennessee areas. In addition to the match campaign, First Horizon Foundation donated $25,000 to the Red Cross for immediate assistance with relief efforts.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our customers, friends and neighbors who have been affected by this disaster," said Carol Yochem, First Horizon's Middle Tennessee region president. "We know that many in our community have been deeply impacted and our Foundation is committed to providing support."

Given the temporary shift to drive-thru banking as part of our commitment to safety due to COVID-19, donations to the American Red Cross will be accepted online through the link below.

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Red Cross Announces Emergency Financial Assistance Program Following Tennessee Tornadoes

Eligible households can apply for financial assistance to support emergency needs

March 14 - The American Red Cross continues to serve those affected by the recent tornadoes. Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to support emergency needs to thousands of households that were destroyed or sustained major damage.

Beginning Monday, March 16, at 9 am, head of households may contact the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS to speak to a dedicated call agent to complete an application for financial assistance.

Assistance lines are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am -10 pm, Saturday from 7:30 am -8 pm, and Sunday 10 am -6 pm. The deadline to apply for emergency assistance is Thursday, March 27.

Regardless of whether a household qualifies for financial assistance, other forms of Red Cross support are available to the community. To learn about other resources, call 2-1-1 or visit

All Red Cross services, including financial assistance, are free and available to whoever to eligible households, regardless of citizenship or residency status, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.


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