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WilCo Tornado Resources

WilCo Tornado Resources

EF3 Tornado Hits Wilson County

Wilco Tornado Resources

Helene Singer Cash I March 5, 2020 I Updated March 10, 2020

WilCo Tornado

WilCo Tornado 2020
Tornado 1933
Tornado 1998
SOURCE NWS Nashville, Image Google Earth
The Tennessean

 

Early morning March 3, 2020 many Wilson County residents were awakened with an EAS Tornado Warning.  What we did not know was that this particular storm would leave in its wake a 50+ mile path of destruction ranging from an EF3-EF4.

 

No one likes to be awakened with an alarm going off on their phone, but these were lifesaving alerts.  Keep in mind that the EAS alerts happen no matter what your phone settings are set to (even if Do Not Disturb is turned on!).  If you are in the designated area for the Tornado Warning, you will receive this alert.  Thankfully, this tornado did pass through our community early in the morning – we have schools received heavy damage, roads were virtually empty and businesses did not have their teams working. 

Reported Tornadoes

Wilco Tornadoes
Path of Reported Tornadoes
The Tennessean

 

This path of destruction has taken 24 lives, countless homes and businesses.  Here is a brief timeline of the storm from The Tennessean

10:15pm Monday – Storm chaser captured a photo of a tornado 4 miles east-northeast of Malden, Missouri

10:02pm Monday – Tornado Warning issued for Camden, TN

12:35am Tuesday – Tornado Warning issued for Davidson, Sumner and Wilson counties

12:38am Tuesday – Tornado touched down at John C. Tune Airport, destroyed over 90 aircraft and extensive damage to the airport, terminal, hangar and airfield.

12:41am Tuesday – EF-2 Tornado with winds of 125mph passed north of the TN State Capitol

12:45am Tuesday – EF-3 Tornado touched down in East Nashville with winds of 136-140 mph

12:54am Tuesday – Tornado touches down in Mt Juliet tearing roofs off homes, schools leveled 1:02am Tuesday – Tornado touched down just north of I-40

1:48am Tuesday – Severe Thunderstorm located near Cookeville in Putnam County then the tornado strikes highly populated subdivisions

3:25am Tuesday – First reports of fatalities our of Nashville

6:14am Tuesday – Death, destruction and disaster are now visible in daylight

 

Downed Powerline WilCo Tornado

Workers repair a downed power line near Walmart in Lebanon on Tuesday morning after a tornado severely damaged the area.
Ethan Steinquest/Lebanon Democrat

In the minutes after the deadly tornado touched down in Wilson County, first responders were out assessing damage, doing search and rescues on leveled buildings, and assisting the community.  Within a few hours volunteers were already stepping up to assist with the mass devastation. 

 

Wilco Tornado Path of Destruction

Wilco Tornado Path of Destruction
Ethan Steinquest Lebanon Democrat

 

#MtJulietStrong • #LebanonStrong • #WilsonStrong

 

We know we live in an amazing community but it’s another thing when we learn how amazing that community really is.  Early Tuesday morning we saw volunteers stepping out to help their neighbors.  Strangers driving from other counties to lend a hand, bring supplies and feed those who are in need.  The need is great in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam Counties but we are seeing support and strength.

In Wilson County, we have a long list of resources.  People helping People.  Yes, we are the Volunteer State, but we have seen that we are the #VolunteerCommunity.  If you need assistance or want to help others – below is a list of resources. 

 

Road to Recovery

 

WilCo Tornado List of Resources

 

Lebanon

  • Lebanon Police Department – live community updates on facebook
    • Facebook @LebanonPoliceDepartment
    • Coordinating Volunteers – text your name to 615.499.1561 to get registered and receive volunteer updates
    • Call 615.444.2323, follow prompts for dispatch, if you have additional non-emergency needs
  • Lebanon Fire Department – accepting & distributing donated items with updates on Facebook
    • Facebook @LebanonFireDepartment
    • 615.443.2903 for assistance with Large Donations
    • Large donations can be dropped off at Fire Department on 520 Coles Ferry Pike
    • If you need assistance please stop by the Fire Department at 520 Coles Ferry Pike – they will be open Mon-Fri 8a-5p and Saturday 8a-12p
      • Toiletries, Supplies, Water, Food, Canned Goods, Clothing & More  
  • Planet Fitness Lebanon – closed for club use but open for showers and electric access to all members of the community
                  • 1031 W Main St, Lebanon
                  • 615.994.6905
              •  
  • Finding Personal Belongings

Mt Juliet

  • Mt Juliet Fire Department – sharing community updates
  • Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce - Storm Relief Hot Spot & sharing community updates
  • Volunteer & Donation Committee – to sign up volunteer or donate
    • Commissioner Ray Justice 615.975.0292 or rjustice@mtjuliet-tn.gov
    • Mt Juliet Community Center – disaster relief donation center
      • Monday – Saturday 8a-7p and Sunday 2-4p
  • Church Resources – churches may be offering additional services, here is a quick resource list
  • Planet Fitness Mt Juliet – closed for club use but open for showers and electric access to all members of the community
      • 1335 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt Juliet
      • 615.988.5400

 

Wilson County

Mobile Job Center

Mobile Job Center

 

State of TN

  • TN Department of Safety
    • Facebook @TennesseeSafety
    • Mobile License Bus will be set up at the Lebanon Outlet Mall front parking lot on Monday, March 9 from 8a - 4:30p for anyone who needs to replace a driver’s license because of storm damage
  • TN Department of Workforce Development
    • Employer Phone Number: (615) 551-3501 
    • Employee Phone Number: (615) 247-5138

 

 

 

Mid Cumberland Action Agency

Mid Cumberland Action Agency Resource Assistance

NATIONAL

  • FEMA - available in Wilson County for assistance
    • FEMA website will provide disaster assistance 
    • Lebanon - Outlet Mall
  • Asbestos.com - Natural Disaster information on clean up and asbestos mitigation
FEMA Assistance

FEMA Assistance

A Special Thank You to all First Responders - because of your assistance, service and dedication we can rest quietly. 

The Wilson Post has also put together a list of resources for all who have been impacted.  

 

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