Christmas Day Bombing Information

The events of Christmas morning are beyond words. We know fears and frustrations continue to be felt. As we work through the response and towards recovery and the rebuilding of historic 2nd Avenue and beyond, here are some resources and information:

Stay In The Know

  • There are many sources for receiving information. The Partnership is working to keep affected parties as updated of this evolving situation as possible. If you are not receiving our updates related to this event you can request to be added by sending an email HERE.*
  • If you aren't already, please follow the Partnership on social channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Metro Nashville PD, Mayor John Cooper, and Council member Freddie O'Connell are providing reliable and timely updates on social platforms as well. 

*Email addresses will also be added to our weekly e-newsletter, "Downtown Details," if you are not already subscribed.

 

Understand Accessibility Limitations Downtown

  • Parts of 2nd Ave N are inaccessible to vehicular traffic due to a perimeter around the disaster area. Visit hub.Nashville.gov for up to date information.
  • Pedestrian traffic along 2nd Ave N is  inaccessible from Broadway to Commerce St. ONLY, and many businesses along 2nd Ave N between Broadway and Union St. are open for business again. 
  • Property owners, managers and residents in the "red zone" now have access for controlled, escorted entry to properties (more information below)

 

Support Affected Neighbors

  • Nashville Neighbors Fund: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and NewsChannel 5 are supporting survivors and businesses in the area affected by the blast. The fund will make grants to nonprofits which will support immediate and long-term needs arising from the bombing. You can donate HERE or call The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939.
  • Restore the Dream Fund: United Way of Greater Nashville is accepting donations to provide long-term disaster recovery support. Visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text “RESTORE 20” to 41444 to donate.
  • Food and Essential Items: The Community Resource Center is providing immediate assistance to survivors through food and essential item donations. Click HERE to help.
  • 2nd Avenue Restoration: The DISTRICT, Inc and Metro Historical Commission Foundation have created a fund to help restore the vitally important historic district of 2nd avenue. The funds will be used to help support structural assessments of and facade repairs to the irreplaceable historic buildings impacted by the explosion. Click HERE to donate. 
  • Gift Cards:
    • The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command is assisting survivors with urgent needs of food, transportation, and healthcare through Kroger Gift Cards, UBER Rides and UBER Eats. Gifts can be made in support of this disaster response HERE.
    • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville is providing emergency financial assistance, counseling, job training, housing stability, hunger relief, and more. Gifts in support of their disaster relief efforts can be made HERE.
    • The NCVC will distribute gift cards to employees/individuals affected by the bombing, beginning in early January. You can contribute towards this effort HERE. 

 

For Affected Individuals 

  • ACCESSING/REBUILDING YOUR PROPERTY: Property owners within the restricted area can begin the process of property assessment/rebuilding. For more information contact Metro Codes at 615-862-6522 or theresa.hayes@nashville.gov 
  • Lodging Assistance: Many hotels are offering special rates to affected/displaced individuals and first responders/government officials. For a list of these resources/discounts, please contact Jeanette Barker at jbarker@nashvilledowntown.com 
  • Food Assistance: Individuals in need of emergency food assistance can text ‘FEEDS’ to 797979 or visit SecondHarvestMidTN.org to access Second Harvest’s Find Food tool to locate the nearest food distribution.
  • Assistance for Spanish Speakers: Call Conexión Americas at 615-270-9252 for assistance beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • Applications for Funding:
    • Individuals living within 1/2 mile from explosion site (166 2nd Ave N) can apply to the Nashville 30 Day Fund for forgivable loans up to $100,000.
    • Catholic Charities organized Nashville Strong Assistance Fund a specially funded program that will grant funds to individuals living or working within the explosion perimeter. Applicants can apply at nashvillestrong2021.org beginning January 1. 
  • Job Assistance: The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of companies that have immediate job opportunities for employees that have been displaced by this event. View their website, HERE. 

 

For Affected Merchants and Businesses

  • ACCESSING/REBUILDING YOUR PROPERTY: Property owners within the restricted area can begin the process of property assessment/rebuilding. For more information contact Metro Codes at 615-862-6522 or theresa.hayes@nashville.gov 
  • Business Recovery Resources: The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of recovery resources for impacted businesses including unemployment assistance for business owners, SBA contacts and business-to-business resources. Visit the website, HERE.
  • Interim Work Space:The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is extending an offer to the directly impacted businesses and residents to work out of the EC at 41 Peabody Street during our open hours this week. The EC will provide free wifi, co-work style seating, free parking, and a welcoming community while following COVID guidelines. To inquire, contact the EC at 615-873-1257 (ask for "Zap"), or haley.zapolski@ec.com 
  • Applications for Funding:
    • Individuals living within 1/2 mile from explosion site (166 2nd Ave N) can apply to the Nashville 30 Day Fund for forgivable loans up to $100,000.
    • Catholic Charities organized Nashville Strong Assistance Fund a specially funded program that will grant funds to individuals living or working within the explosion perimeter. Applicants can apply at nashvillestrong2021.org beginning January 1. 
  • If you are a business owner, merchant, or operator affected by this event and have updates on your timelines for closure/re-opening, please let our Economic Development team know HERE.