Being a UT Volunteer is more than cheering for a football team and wearing orange. It is the continuation of a legacy of service and caring for the community. In the wake of Middle Tennessee’s recent catastrophic tornadoes, Vols are stepping up, in both big and small ways, to support disaster relief efforts.
Here are some of the ways that UT is helping to raise funding, awareness, and support for the Middle Tennessee communities as they work to rebuild and recover from this tragedy:
UT is currently taking donations for financial support to aid families that lost homes, businesses and livelihoods as a result of tornado damage. The university will coordinate directly with officials from the Middle Tennessee communities to ensure donations are used in the way that is most helpful for the people who find themselves with hardship as a result of the tornadoes.
UT baseball raised over $2,500 by hosting a free kid’s clinic on March 5, 2020. Participants had the opportunity to practice their baseball skills with their favorite Vol players.
The UT baseball grounds crew also did their part to honor the victims of this week’s storms by writing #pray4nash at home plate.
UT Extension offers Disaster Recovery Resources to those affected by the tornadoes. These resources include information about replacing lost documents, food safety, and help dealing with the trauma of a disaster.
The Office of the Dean of Students (865-974-HELP) and the Student Counseling Center (865-974-2196) are also encouraging current students impacted by the disaster to reach out for support services. Employees can access resources through the Office of Human Resources or by calling 865-946-CARE.
UT is also playing a role in minimizing vulnerability to natural disasters. Researchers in UT’s Department of Geography are currently studying hazardous weather climatology, with a focus on how the public perceives and responds to these hazards. Collaborations with social scientists connect the climatology of these events to public policies in an effort to minimize vulnerability to natural disasters.