Trump Visits Tornado-Ravaged Tennessee, Pledges Federal Support

Putnam County, Tennessee
Putnam County, Tennessee (Photo: Chuck Sutherland)

President Trump arrived in Nashville on Friday morning along with Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, greeted by a group of state officials including state governor Bill Lee, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, and Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, as well as local city mayors from the region. The group traveled to Cookeville in Putnam County, one of the areas hardest hit by a powerful storm that cut across the state on Tuesday, dropping at least one tornado that moved at 175 mph, destroying homes and killing at least 25.

Trump and his group surveyed the wreckage in the area before heading to a local church and a local gym that had been converted into a temporary supply center, providing water, clothing and other necessities to residents impacted by the disaster. “They’re wiped out. They have nothing,” Trump said. “We’re going to be with them all the way.” Trump spoke to survivors and residents in the area to pledge government support before heading back to Nashville for a trip to Atlanta to meet with the CDC.

The tornado caused about 50 miles of damage across the middle of Tennessee, ripping through trees and homes, while the storm dropped hail the size of golf balls on the area.

How You Can Help

  • If you are local to the Nashville area or are able to travel there, Hands On Nashville is organizing volunteer events in order to assist tornado victims.
  • To donate money, the Community Foundation has established a Middle Tennesee Emergency Response fund.
  • To donate food, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is accepting food and money donations.
  • To donate necessities such as clothing, batteries, flashlights, blankets, and toiletries, the Community Response Center can accept these items at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN, 37210.
  • Faith-based groups are also assisting in the area. Matthew 25 Ministries has created a disaster response team and is accepting donations. The Churches of Christ group from Tipp City has a volunteer form at churchesofchristdrt.org.
  • The Red Cross is accepting blood donations to assist victims, and donations can be accepted at any Red Cross donation center.