Tennesse has seen great devastation and despair in the aftermath of the great tornados that touched down in 4 counties earlier this month. With winds up to 175mph, the devastating funnels tore through Middle Tennesse hitting Putnam County the hardest. It also left what is estimated to be up to 50 miles of damage across Davidson, Wilson and Smith Counties.
The first tornado has been reported to have touched down in Camden in Benton County which is located 80 miles east of Nashville. It then moved destructively across the Tennesse River gaining power and force, heading for Nashville in the middle of the night. It then touched down over John C. Tune Airport in Nashville and destroyed 90 aircraft and destroyed various airport structures. Because of its late night/early morning arrival, many were not prepared for the intensity of the storm. Many were also left with little time to seek protection for themselves and family members. There have been many deaths in the wake of this tragedy as well as the loss of many homes and belongings. Now with disaster relief efforts in motion, volunteers and different organizations have begun to work toward repairing the broken cities, towns, and counties.
Disaster Relief Efforts
Organizations like SBP (originally The St. Bernard Project) utilize the help and support of donors like Dumpster Today, volunteers and corporate partners to provide resilience and recovery after a disaster. Zack Rosenberg and Liz McCartney founded their organization in 2006 after volunteering disaster relief aid with the St Bernard Parish in Louisana following Hurricane Katrina. They have grown from a 3 person organization into a National Organization headquartered in New Orleans. They are also a recognized leader in disaster recovery and aim to decrease the time between the disaster and its recovery. The organization has helped to rebuild 2,140 homes and counting with the aid of over 130,000 volunteers in various states struck by natural disasters.
Leading Organization In Disaster Relief. SBP simplifies their approach in 5 Intervention segments: REBUILD. Their many goals are to rebuild homes as quickly and efficiently as possible which also aims to help in shelter relief for the many displaced families. SHARE. They want to share any of their rebuilding innovations to help others in the aid of relief and recovery on a national scale. PREPARE. The organization strives to prepare home and business owners both before & after a disaster. The more prepared we all are the more efficiently we can begin to rebuild and prosper. ADVISE. Stand to advise policymakers immediately following a disaster to allow for the faster disbursements of federal funds for relief and recovery. ADVOCATE. The organization also continues to advocate for the reform of disaster recovery strategies.
When natural disasters occur organizations like SBP make recovery and relief possible for many states, communities and individual families. Tennesse has a long road to recovery ahead of itself as a state, but with the gracious help of volunteers working around the clock to restore shelter and necessities to those the most affected by these vicious tornadoes, Tennesse has begun to rebuild itself slowly but surely.