President Trump announced he will travel to Tennessee Friday, after 22 people lost their lives in the wake of a devastating series of tornadoes that touched down overnight.
“Before we begin I want to send my warm wishes to the great people of tennessee in the wake of the horrible – very vicious tornado that killed at least nineteen people and injured many more,” President Trump said in his remarks during an appearance Tuesday morning.
We’re working with the leaders including their great governor Bill Lee to make sure that everything is done properly. FEMA is already on the ground and I’ll be going there on Friday.
Our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost.
It’s a vicious thing, those tornadoes. I’ve seen many on them during a three year period and I’ve gotten to see the results and they are vicious. If you’re in their path, bad things happen. I went to Alabama nine months ago and saw the devastation that left in Alabama, too, and everybody was so incredible. The people were so incredible but people get killed when they’re in the path.
We send our love and our prayers of the nation to every family that was affected. We will get there and we will recover and we will rebuild, and we will help them.
In addition to FEMA, many organizations are mobilizing to help with the cleanup and recovery efforts.
— Chelsea Apple (@chelseaapple) March 3, 2020
WKRN listed several ways for people to lend their support:
Those wishing to donate items should do so through the Community Resource Center, which is in particular looking for personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, and box cutters. We will share news and updates with you as soon as we know more. For more information, please contact Lindsey Turner at [email protected]
The United Way collecting donations for tornado victims as many Middle Tennessee communities are dealing with the devastation from storms during the early morning hours.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is offering a giving opportunity to help affected areas.
A relief fund has been established and donations may be made by one of the following methods:
• Text RELIEF2020 to 41444
• Online at http://igfn.us/f/2oz0/n
• By check to P.O. Box 330056, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 (please write RELIEF2020 on memo line)
UWRCC will work with neighboring United Ways and the local American Red Cross to determine the appropriation of funds. 100% of funds received for relief effort will be used to address related needs throughout middle Tennessee.
Those in need of assistance are encouraged to contact United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral line by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-318-9335.
For those wanting to donate items, please visit the Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Place or call them at 615-291-6688. Please note: no clothing will be accepted.
— Nashville EOC/OEM (@NashvilleEOC) March 3, 2020
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is posting updates on power outages, roadway damage and closings, fatalities, and shelters:
Currently there are 4 open shelters in Tennessee.
2 American Red Cross Shelters
– Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave N., Nashville, TN
– First Baptist Church, 18 South Walnut Ave., Cookeville, TN
2 Shelters in Wilson County
– Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Ln, Mt. Juliet, TN
– Highland Heights Church of Christ, 505 N. Cumberland, Lebanon, TN
This is a developing story…
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Image “Nashville Tornado Damage” by Chelsea Apple.