While tornadoes are relatively rare in Greene County here in upper East Tennessee, especially close to the mountains, we nevertheless suffered disaster with multiple deaths out in an area known as Camp Creek, about seven or eight miles from where I live.
As of right now, there are six known dead and I don't know how many injured. A presumed tornado touched down in that area around 11 PM.
There are also more dead in the Tri-Cities area of Johnson City and Bristol Tennessee/VA (the state line runs down the middle of State Street in Bristo) and up into Glade Springs, VA. The last count I heard of the dead in the above described area was 16 with six being out in Camp Creek.
Very early this morning, our Animal Adoption Center staff responded to a call from the local Emergency Management Director, to help rescue released and trapped pets and other animals. We have in place disaster plans for just such an emergency not to mention the finest personnel one could find anywhere. We have already requested emergency funding from both the ASPCA and the HSUS for additional cages.
Our Animal Adoption Center Manager and our Vet immediately responded while the rest of our staff came in and prepared for incoming injured and rescued pets. It's my understanding that some were trapped in destroyed homes and outbuildings.
I know of one couple who were killed who lived in a mobile home (among the most dangerous places to be in a tornado is a mobile or manufactured home). Her husband was found in the mobile home dead and she was blown fifty feet from the home. Although alive when found, she died shortly thereafter.
If you live in such a structure and find yourself facing such a situation GET OUT OF THE HOME and either take cover in a more substantial structure or failing that, lie down in a culvert, ditch or low area and cover your head with your hands but regardless, but GET OUT OF THE MOBILE OR MANUFACTURED HOME if the manufactured home doesn't have a basement and most don't). For those who don't know, a "manufactured home" is built similarly to a mobile home but is permanently affixed, usually to a concrete slab. As an example, remember all those killed in The Villages in Florida by a tornado a couple of years ago? Those are mostly manufactured homes.
I just checked last night's radar and it appears that I am very lucky indeed. The tornado that struck Camp Creek probably went right over the top of my neighborhood if not more specifically, my own home. I say that because just before 11:00 pm we had some huge wind gusts and for a minute or two rather large hail. It ended quickly.
The devastation in the Camp Creek area is mind boggling and stretches for Ian extensive distance and about a quarter of a mile wide, maybe longer and wider, I just don't have the details as yet.
If you wish to donate for the victims of this disaster be they in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee or wherever, may I strongly recommend the Salvation Army. Why the Salvation Army? Because during a disaster every single dime you donate goes directly to disater relief. They DO NOT take one cent for their own overhead costs during a disaster. Secondly they remain until not just the rescue and recovery period is over but until the those who have lost their homes, etc., actually find permanent housing and the community is restored...no matter how long it takes! As importantly, they also offer continuous emotional and spiritual support at a time when it is most needed. Even one of their major centers in Alabama in which a large number of people were sheltering from the storm was unroofed yet not one person was hurt. Nevertheless, they aren't even thinking that much about their own loss but are devoting all their resources helping others.
In closing, I of course ask for your prayers for all of those effected by this unmitigated disaster regardless of where they live.