Monday, November 23, 2020
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Volunteers Canvassing Tornado Survivors With Resource Info

Putnam County Areas impacted by the March Tornado will see volunteers trying to connect survivors to resources Saturday morning.

Restore and Repair Committee Member John Bell said this ground effort will be passing out postcards with resource information so survivors can get registered for the remaining tornado relief funding. Bell said survivors should know that it does not matter how big or small the lasting effects of the tornado is on their home.

“That’s everything from small projects like siding and debris removal, to complete rebuilds of homes,” Bell said. “If there are survivors listening and you’ve still got a leaky something, you’ve still got a problem with a roof, you’ve still got a small repair… we can help with that and if you’ve still got a major repair… we can help with that, as well.”

Bell said the local committee is navigating Inspiritus and the United Methodist Committee on Relief around the tornado areas. Bell said this will help get projects completed more quickly by pinpointing clusters of potential construction needs.

“Instead of trying to do a one-off repair or going to clear one lot or pulling down a couple of trees,” Bell said. “We’re trying to coordinate all that so we have a clear direction on… here’s four projects that are right beside each other and we can knock them all out this weekend with this construction group.”

He said anyone who misses the volunteers Saturday can still get connected to resources on Putnam County’s Website. Bell said survivors are welcome to call Cookeville Regional Charity at 931-783-2003 for assistance.

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