Fires can strike fierce and fast as is the case with the wildfire overtaking Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. With many only escaping with their lives and the clothes on their backs many people are left wondering where to turn to for help. Displaced residents, business owners and first responders are among those in most need of support.
After some digging we found these 4 notable resources:
- WBIR-TV: An article listing shelters and restaurants providing food to first responders and displaced residents can be found here. These shelters offer a variety of resources ranging from clothing to food and water and other necessitates.
- WBIR-TV: Another great article focused around a “how to help” section as well as listings of resources being deployed. You can find a lot of different ways people are helping and then follow those links if you want to be on receiving end.
- Rocky Top Sports World: These guys have now become home to some 1000+ evacuees and The American Red Cross who is operating out of the complex as well. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
- Helping Pets & Animals: There are several organizations offering free support for livestock and family pets. Here are a few: Douglas Lakeview Stables (contact Kristi 864-671-8439), The Barker Lounge, Pets Without Parents Shelter, Wildwood Farm (call 865-256-9589), Smoky Mountain K-9 Cottages (contact Marni 865-428-7311).
As the damage continues to be reevaluated it will become more clear what resources are needed. In addition to the groups and sites mentioned above we will be adding more blogs and top resources to this webpage.
Of special note, being consumer advocates we will also be providing free consultations on topics surrounding how to best navigate the insurance claim settlement process so don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation or check out the free onsite soot inspections we are providing to qualified home and business owners.
We were completely stressed out over itemizing all our things lost in the fire - especially figuring out depreciation. We are so grateful for the help CMA provided. They handled much of the burden during an extremely traumatic time.
Claim management adjusters have done an amazing job helping in my insurance claims! Would highly recommend giving them a call with any of your insurance problems!! Absolutely wonderful people to work with, and do an excellent job of keeping there clients up to date on things!
We hired Jeremy from CMA in Sept 2018 when we had our house fire in Aug of 2018. They were able to get us a good amount back to fix our house and they helped us every step of the way. It was a pleasure working with them.
I hired CMA when I thought my insurance gave me a low ball estimate. The entire CMA Group worked hard to get the money I needed to fix my home after a storm and were very helpful answering all of my questions. Thanks for all of your hard work with my process! I highly recommend CMA & truly thankful for your help!
Without CMA my family most likely would have had our claim denied and possibly been charged with fraud! It's a very difficult and worrisome process but went smooth because we had CMA.
My business means everything to our family and getting back up and running quickly was all I could think of. CMA did that and more and we are very grateful for that!