Volunteers Begin Clean-Up After Easter Sunday Tornado

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Many people around the Tennessee Valley have been waiting to volunteer with clean up efforts.

The YMCA on Shallowford Road is ground zero for those volunteers.

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Today was the first day that volunteers have been cleared to sign up for shifts.

There two types of volunteer groups.

One for manual labor and one for family donations.

If you are volunteering manual labor, you must wear the following items:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection
  • A face mask, if you have one.

Volunteers were given masks and gloves for protection against COVID-19.

Brooke Satterfield with the City of Chattanooga says, “We’re making sure that safety precautions are our number on priority as we are sending people out. So, We are trying to make sure that everyone is safe on the front end. Because we know, that there is not a cap on the front end of how many volunteers that it is going to take to complete this work.”

If you plan on volunteering, they are asking if you have your own protective gear please bring it because they have a limited supply.

Volunteer Shifts will continue through Sunday, April 19th.

After that the city of Chattanooga and other agencies will assess how much more work needs to be done.

The Hamilton Family YMCA will be accepting donations from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday April 16 until Sunday, April 19th.

Families affected by the tornado can pick up supplies from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday April 16 until Sunday, April 19th. at the Hamilton Family YMCA.

For information on how you can volunteer, click here.

For information on how you can donate to the YMCA, click here.