Around 2am on Tuesday, March 3rd, a Tornado struck Cookeville in Putnam County, 80 miles east of Nashville Tennessee. It was the strongest-rated tornado nationwide in nearly three years, tracking more than 275 miles across the state. As dawn rose the next morning, families were shocked to see the utter devastation their community was left in.
The Rapid Relief Team sprang into action, providing hot meals Wednesday evening to victims and volunteers in Cookeville. Hot burgers were grilled and served to persons taking a break from the chaos around a bonfire. The Rapid Relief Team was only too glad to be able to support the Cookeville community with a hot dinner, promising to be back Thursday morning with a hot Breakfast.
After serving a hot breakfast in Cookeville Saturday Morning, March 7, RRT hit the road, hand delivering burgers to victims, volunteers and government officials who were working tirelessly to clean up the debris. Our team found it heartbreaking to hear the stories from the families, who had lost everything in the Tornado that struck Putnam County on Tuesday morning. Adults and Children alike were found climbing through piles of rubble to locate anything that resembled their home before the storm.
One week later, on Saturday, March 14, RRT returned to Cookeville to serve another day of hot breakfasts and lunches to the hard working volunteers and government officials working to clean up and rebuild the community.