Update – March 4, 2020
ACS continues to monitor the situation in central Tennessee where 24 people have been confirmed dead. The Disaster Response leadership from the three affected conferences South Central, Kentucky-Tennessee, and Georgia-Cumberland have been attending TN VOAD meetings.
Public Safety and several help organizations have cleanup teams positioned and ready to be of service in Nashville. FEMA also had their Incident Management Assessment Teams (IMAT) headed to the area. The Red Cross has set up five shelters that are currently housing residents whose homes have been damaged.
Donated goods have already started to arrive in Nashville where ACS can be of assistance, if requested. South Central will be the lead conference, with support coming from Kentucky-Tennessee. Additionally, Georgia-Cumberland Conference is willing to lend their shower trailer, should the need present itself.
Multiple tornadoes touched down across central Tennessee early this morning, including one that caused severe damage in downtown Nashville. Twenty-two people are reported to be dead, including several children. Our South Central ACS Director, Lillie Buckingham, has been in communication with the TN VOAD. Our Kentucky-Tennessee ACS Director, Steve Rose, is reaching out to their team leads around the conference assessing the needs of these communities. We are also in contact with the Southern Union Conference ACS Director, Lynell LaMountain, and Georgia-Cumberland ACS leaders Gary Rustad and Rhonda Haight, to offer support as the needs are determined on the ground.
Please keep the affected families in your thoughts and prayers.