Tornado Response Information

On March 3, 2020, a violent tornado hit Mt. Juliet causing widespread damage. This page will contain information and links to resources related to the City of Mt. Juliet’s response to the storm.

Active Road Closures:

No Active Road Closures

Satellite View of Damage Comparisons:

To compare the damage caused by the tornado, you can view this map: Mt. Juliet Area Imagery Comparison Tool  Click the “swipe” button in the top left corner to bring up the comparison tool.

To view the Wilson County Tornado- Initial Damage Assessment you can view this map: Wilson County Tornado- Initial Damage Assessment

Facebook Live Video Updates:

Multiple Facebook Live video updates have been and will continue to be conducted. They can be viewed here: Mt. Juliet Police Facebook Videos.

Video message from Police Chief James Hambrick: Chief Hambrick’s Video Message

Recovery Informational Meeting

The City of Mt. Juliet, in partnership with Everyone’s Wilson, our local faith-based organization who is coordinating recovery efforts, will be holding a community-wide informational meeting on long and short term efforts to ensure the City and West Wilson community are whole again. The impacted community is encouraged to attend.

This meeting has been postponed due to COVID-19 prevention measures. A future date will be announced.

FEMA Disaster Assistance:

Individuals with damage in Mt. Juliet (including Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties) can Register Now for FEMA Individual Assistance. Individuals in the declared counties who may be eligible for FEMA’s IA program can begin the application process at http://www.disasterassistance.gov. FEMA also provides a Disaster Assistance Helpline, 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585, to help individuals with questions about the application process, including how to apply.

FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center Location:

Gentry Building
Wilson County Fairgrounds
945 E. Baddour Pkwy
Lebanon, TN 37087

Hours: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. March 13; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily beginning March 14

Resources:

Wilson County Assistance Request Portal: Our tornado assistance request process has been going well, so we partnered with recovery teams across Wilson County. Recovery teams from the City of Mt. Juliet, City of Lebanon, and County of Wilson have all partnered together to ensure assistance needs are met. Many organizations and resources are available to assist those who have been impacted in our community. If you have been impacted and need ANY help whatsoever, please complete the following form at Recover Wilson Assistance Request Portal. Your information will be forwarded to those who can assist you. This is one of many ways to get assistance if you have been impacted by the tornado.

Supplies & Necessities:

  • The Mt. Juliet Community Center gymnasium (1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy) is a disaster relief distribution center. Distribution can occur from Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They have diapers, food, water, blankets, clothes, pet food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, tarps, gloves and many other items available at no cost.
  • Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Road, (615) 758-2274
  • Joy Church International, 10085 Lebanon Road, (615) 773-5252
  • Global Vision, 2060 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd, (615) 553-4040
  • Connect Church, 14500 Central Pike, (615) 288-4292
  • Mt. Juliet Church of God, 495 N. Mt. Juliet Rd, (615) 758-5050

Financial Aid:

  • MJ 4 Hope, www.mj4hope.com, (629) 255-0870
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, www.cfmt.org, (615) 321-4939
  • TN Department of Human Services: Residents of impacted counties encouraged to apply for Emergency Cash Assistance and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making two essential resources available to families with a financial need who were impacted by last week’s severe weather. Beginning March 16, TDHS will begin accepting applications for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Cash Assistance program. D-SNAP provides temporary food assistance benefits loaded onto an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card that can be used at any authorized SNAP retailer or grocery store. Additionally, Tennessee has received temporary permission to allow SNAP recipients (including those using D-SNAP) to utilize these benefits to purchase hot food at authorized retailers through April 3. Anyone living or working in approved Davidson County zip codes (37209, 37208, 37218, 37243, 37213, 37207, 37206, 37214, 37076), Wilson County, or Putnam County may be eligible for D-SNAP if the household meets income requirements, isn’t currently receiving SNAP, and has experienced at least one of the following conditions as a direct result of the March 3rd severe weather: Unreimbursed expenses or personal property loss because of the severe weather or a resulting power outage, Damage to residence or place of employment, Loss, reduction, or inaccessibility of income due to disaster-related problems or damage to a work location, or Disaster-related expenses that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period. Applicants for D-SNAP should apply by March 24 and bring any available information that indicates their identity, residence, and income. If claiming a loss of employment is a component of eligibility, applicants should also have the name, address, and phone number of their employer handy. Existing SNAP recipients who’ve already requested replacement benefits do not need to take any further action or come into the office to apply for additional SNAP benefits that might be available. The Emergency Cash Assistance program provides a one-time cash payment to families significantly impacted by the March 3rd weather disaster. This money is funded by the Families First/TANF program and provides $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons, $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons, or $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons. To be eligible, families must include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, and live in a house or apartment or worked for a business that received significant damage during the March 3rd storm. The Emergency Cash Assistance program is available to eligible families in Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, and Wilson counties. Applicants for the Emergency Cash Assistance program should apply by March 24 and bring a home or rental insurance claim document, an official statement from the landlord, or verification showing proof of a submitted FEMA application. Household income or bank account information is also required. Applications for the Emergency Cash Assistance program and D-SNAP will be accepted beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The head of the household for non-SNAP recipient families can apply at the below location: TN Department of Human Services,155 Legends Dr, Lebanon, TN 37087, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Counseling:

  • Latern Lane Farm, 6201 Corinth Road, (615) 973-5454
  • Disaster Stress Help Line: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Other Resources:

  • American Red Cross, (615) 893-4272
  • Salvation Army, (615) 449-3495

 

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Recovery Resources: TEMA Tornado Response

Crisis Clean-Up Help Line: 1-800-451-1954

Curfew Information:

The curfew is not for the entire city. Mt. Juliet officials instated a curfew for areas that suffered extensive tornado damage in today’s storm. The purpose of the curfew is to aid police in protecting those homes and property from potential thieves.

Individuals who are not property owners, or guests of property owners, are prohibited from remaining or traveling on public or private property in the designated curfew areas between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

The curfew will be applied to the following areas:

Triple Crown Neighborhood
Catalpa Drive
Fescue Drive
Dogwood Drive
Clearview Drive
Barrett Drive

Residents are also discouraged from working on damaged structures or cleaning-up debris while the curfew is active due to the danger of working in complete darkness.

Avoid Disaster-related Scams:

Dealing with the aftermath of a wildfire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster is never easy. But knowing how to recognize and avoid common scams can help you protect your finances and personal information.

Avoid clean-up and repair scams – After natural disasters, unlicensed contractors and scammers may appear with promises of quick repairs, clean-up, and debris removal. Some may demand upfront payment and not do the work, claim you’ll get a discount but quote outrageous prices, or lack needed skills. Before anyone starts work:

  • Check them out. Ask for IDs, licenses, proof of insurance, and references. See if local contact info is on their trucks (some scammers use fake phone contact info to appear to be local). Check with state and local consumer protection offices for complaints.
  • Verify their Tennessee business license here: http://verify.tn.gov/
  • Get more than one estimate. Ask people you trust for recommendations.
  • Read the contract carefully. Make sure all promises are in writing and that you understand what you’re signing.
  • Never pay in cash. And never make the final payment until the work is done and you’re satisfied with it.

Crowdfunding and Social Media Scams – Charity scammers often use social media like Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram as well as crowdfunding sites to ask for your donations. Crowdfunding websites, like Go Fund Me, quickly collect small amounts of money from a large number of people. You may see a link you can click to donate to a fundraiser for someone in need. The fundraising page may even have photos of real people. But the money you give to charity scammers never reaches the real people in need. And the scammers now have your money and your personal information. Be careful! Don’t click on links or attachments or share them with your friends unless you know that the charity is real.

 

Spot imposters – Imposter scams come in many varieties but work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust and tries to convince you to send them money or give personal information.

  • Some scammers pretend to be government officials, safety inspectors or utility workers who say immediate work is required. Ask for IDs. If anyone asks you for money or your financial information, like your bank account or credit card number, it’s a scam.
  • Know that FEMA doesn’t charge application fees. If someone wants money to help you qualify for FEMA funds, it may be a scam.

(Source & More Information Here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/dealing-weather-emergencies)

Verify Licensing: http://verify.tn.gov/

Business Information Search: https://tnbear.tn.gov/business-services

Wilson County Schools Information:

Stoner Creek Elementary and West Wilson Middle School were destroyed by the tornado. Information on the plans to move forward can be found here: www.wcschools.com .

Volunteer & Donation Committee:

City-wide, organized volunteer operations have ceased. The Mt. Juliet Recovery Committee is evaluating impacts and sending resources to those who directly need assistance.

Thank you to all who have participated! Great progress has been made!

Item Donations:

Donations are no longer being accepted. The community has been fantastic and extremely generous.

The Mt. Juliet Community Center gymnasium (1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy) is a disaster relief distribution center. Distribution can occur from Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They have diapers, food, water, blankets, clothes, pet food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, tarps, gloves and many other items available at no cost.

Monetary Donations:

MJ 4 Hope – If you know someone in our community who would benefit, please send them to our website to submit a request. To donate to this fund click the link below or go to http://www.mj4hope.org and click on Tornado Relief Fund (link MJ 4 Hope Fund). If you want a school to benefit, MJCA, WWMS or Stoner Creek, please mark it in your donation. If you would rather drop your donation off than you can bring it to any Bank of Tennessee branch. Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Green Hills, Knoxville and throughout the Tri-cities NE TN area.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – In the wake of destructive tornadoes, power outages, road closures and rescues throughout Davidson and surrounding counties, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs. To donate to this fund click the following link: Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund  Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing vital services both immediate and long term. Our work helps free nonprofits up to concentrate on delivering vital services while we “connect generosity with need” and our community sets out to rebuild lives.

Debris Removal:

Public works crews are going throughout the impacted area and collecting debris. Please sort debris and do not mix trash (metal, plastic, etc…) with vegetation (tree material, bushes, limbs, logs). Please separate debris piles into yard waste (tree, scrubs, etc.), loose construction materials (lumber, brick, block, shingles, sheetrock, etc.), and metals. Nothing over 10 feet in length or anything with a color dye (clothes, carpet, foods, etc.) can be accepted. Debris should be placed as close to the roadway as possible.

Damage Assessments:

Crews from Wilson Emergency Management Agency and Mt. Juliet Fire will be touring the affected area and completing damage assessments on 3/4/2020. Their assessment does not require any engagement from property owners.

Casualties:

Deaths:

‪Tragically, 3 individuals lost their life in Mt. Juliet’s tornado, & our hearts go out to their families & loved ones.‬

‪James (84) & Donna (81) Eaton at their home on Catalpa Dr.‬

‪Brandy Barker, 38, of Lebanon at a CEVA wearhouse on Athletes Way N while working security.‬

‪In addition, all destroyed structures have been thoroughly searched by multiple crews. There are no outstanding reports of missing persons.‬

Injuries:

23 were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm.

 

National Weather Service Statement on Tornado:

RATING: EF3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 165 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 60.13 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 800.0 YARDS
FATALITIES: 5
INJURIES: 220

START DATE: 03/03/2020
START TIME: 12:32 AM CST
START LOCATION: 7 NE PEGRAM / DAVIDSON COUNTY / TN
START LAT/LON: 36.1735 / -86.958

END DATE: 03/03/2020
END TIME: 01:32 AM CST
END LOCATION: 3 SE GORDONSVILLE / SMITH COUNTY / TN
END LAT/LON: 36.1536 / -85.8905

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A STRONG LONG-TRACK TORNADO TRACKED ACROSS DAVIDSON AND WILSON
COUNTIES AND INTO SMITH COUNTY EARLY ON MARCH 3 RESULTING IN 5
FATALITIES AND 220 INJURIES. THE TORNADO BEGAN IN FAR WESTERN
DAVIDSON COUNTY AND RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED INTO EF-2 INTENSITY AS IT
TRACKED ACROSS JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT AND INTO THE NORTH NASHVILLE
AND GERMANTOWN AREAS. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED FURTHER TO EF-3
INTENSITY AS IT TRACKED INTO EAST NASHVILLE, WITH THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURING IN AND AROUND THE FIVE POINTS
NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE TWO FATALITIES OCCURRED. EF-1 AND EF-2 DAMAGE
CONTINUED ACROSS THE CUMBERLAND RIVER BEFORE THE TORNADO
STRENGTHENED AGAIN TO EF-3 INTENSITY IN THE STANFORD ESTATES
SUBDIVISION IN DONELSON. EF-2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ACROSS HERMITAGE
AND THE REMAINDER OF DAVIDSON COUNTY.

THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED TO EF-3 INTENSITY FOR A THIRD TIME UPON
ENTERING WILSON COUNTY, WITH A 6-MILE SWATH OF EF-3 DAMAGE
OBSERVED NEAR THE MT. JULIET AREA, WHERE THREE MORE FATALITIES
OCCURRED. EF-1 AND EF-2 DAMAGE CONTINUED ALONG A PATH THAT
PARALLELED AND OCCASIONALLY CROSSED INTERSTATE 40 SOUTH-SOUTHEAST
OF LEBANON. ONCE THE TORNADO MOVED INTO SMITH COUNTY, IT WEAKENED
SOME BUT WAS STILL CAUSING SIGNIFICANT TREE AND POWERLINE DAMAGE,
AS WELL AS DAMAGE TO HOMES. JUST SOUTH OF GORDONSVILLE, THE
TORNADO CAUSED A MOBILE HOME TO FLIP, ALONG WITH DESTROYING
SEVERAL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS. THE TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED JUST
SOUTH OF I-40 NEAR HIGHWAY 141/LANCASTER HIGHWAY.

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