The Putnam County Volunteer Response Organization is asking for volunteers to help clean up after last week’s tornado.
Member Randy Adams said they will be working two shifts on both Saturday and Sunday from 8:00-12:00 and 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Adams said volunteers can help fill the gap between cleanup professionals and homeowners struggling with the aftermath.
“Makes things feel , spruce up a little bit, pick up a little bit,” Adams said. “Put some energy back in somebody’s day. Lots of times it’s seniors and people who can’t do it for themselves or people who’ve had so much that’s hit them at once with it, that they’re overwhelmed with it.”
Adams said that volunteers can sign up at putnamcountytn.gov/volunteer and volunteers will be emailed with a meeting spot. He said there is gear available to use.
“We do have quite a bit of debris down and limbs and things that need to be picked up,” Adams said. “If we can get them out of the way either to a pile or to the edge of the road so the county can pick it up.”
Adams said that residents affected by the tornado have reached out to Putnam County EMA to get listed as being in need. He said the areas have been surveyed to determine what will be needed this weekend.
“It’s just an opportunity to pass on good vibes and love and great spirit,” Adams said. “It’s a chance to meet some new folks and see who your neighbors are.”
Adams said that volunteers are asked to come a few minutes before their selected shift. He said they will be asked to sign a release and then will dispatch out to their cleanup areas.