#MountainTough: Website created to help wildfire victims, direct volunteers

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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. – Officials in Sevier County have launched a website for everyone who needs help or is looking to volunteer after a wildfire destroyed much of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

MountainTough.org is aimed to connect people who need help with all the resources they need, as well as show volunteers how they can donate their time or money.

The website’s name comes from something the Mayor of Gatlinburg, Mike Werner, said after the city was damaged by the fire.

“We are Mountain Tough, and we have a strong, strong faith in God.”

County officials have also collaborated with United Way of Greater Knoxville to announce the transition of all Sevier County wildfire recovery-related calls to East Tennessee 2-1-1.

Local residents can dial 2-1-1 toll free, and concerned citizens outside the local area can dial 865-215-4211. The call center will operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Both the website and phone line aim to help the following:

  • Non-profit organizations that are accepting monetary donations and information on those organizations
  • How do you contribute in-kind donations such as food, clothing, toys and school supplies
  • How to schedule a drop-off of in-kind donations
  • An updated list of items currently being accepted and items that are not being accepted
  • Information on warehouse locations and victim relief centers accepting in-kind donations
  • Updated video of Gatlinburg and the area as it recovers
  • Current updates and press releases
  • A link to GIS mapping of the fire damage
  • How to volunteer to assist in the recovery efforts
  • How your organization or group can sign up to help with the recovery efforts

Click here for more on the Sevier County wildfire.