NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Faith-based disaster groups are gearing up to provide assistance after overnight tornadoes killed at least 21 people across four counties in Tennessee.
A state of emergency was declared Tuesday morning (March 3), according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
“Please keep the great people of Tennessee in your hearts, thoughts and prayers,” the agency posted on its Facebook page. “Strong storms and tornadoes have caused severe damage, injuries and death. Our state is strong, because our people are strong.”
Faith groups will assist with the cleanup from the storm.
Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief teams will be mobilized soon, according to Wes Jones of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
“We have local teams that have already gotten out and are trying to help people in Nashville and the surrounding area,” Jones told the Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, the state Baptist paper. “Meanwhile we are working with emergency management services to better understand where we can deploy resources.”
Chris Turner, spokesman for the mission board, said some volunteers were already at work in their local areas.
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Source: Religion News Service