Sevier Co. government builds website, recovery hotline for wildfire relief

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Economic Development Council with the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge developed a website and hotline for information related to the recent wildfires in Sevier County.

The website www.mountaintough.org was named for something Mayor Mike Werner said in a press conference, "We are mountain tough, and we have a strong, strong faith in God."

Government officials also worked with United Way of Greater Knoxville to transition all Sevier County wildfire recover-related calls to East Tennessee 2-1-1.

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

Authorities say www.mountaintough.org and 2-1-1 will provide information about 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.