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Salvation Army responds to tornadoes across Middle Tennessee

Salvation Army staff and volunteers are responding to the devastation left after three tornadoes ripped through Middle Tennessee, killing at least 25 people. Tens of thousands lost power as the twisters toppled electrical lines and shredded homes and businesses.

The storm struck in the middle of the night, when many residents were asleep and therefore unable to heed warnings. One of the tornadoes cut through Nashville, hitting the Germantown and East Nashville neighborhoods.

Led by Major Stephen Story, The Salvation Army is utilizing personnel and equipment from not only Nashville, but other nearby communities as well.  

With three canteens already at work and another arriving Wednesday, trained disaster responders with The Salvation Army are providing much-needed food and drinks along with emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders in Davidson and Wilson counties.

Staff and volunteers will also be in Putnam County Wednesday, assessing needs and establishing operations.

The Salvation Army’s longstanding presence in multiple locations across Middle Tennessee allows for nimble response in times of disaster.  

Personnel are also working closely with local, state, and federal officials to ensure resources and services are being directed to those who need them most.

To support relief efforts, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  

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