March 2020 Tornado
Davidson Co. Long-Term Recovery Group

Finding and serving tornado survivors — in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and economic crisis, no less — remains the focus of the Davidson County Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG).

The LTRG is a volunteer collaboration of multiple organizations, including but not limited to nonprofit agencies, community civic and service groups, faith-based, and educational groups that meet and work together to address the long-term needs of Metro Nashville residents who have been affected by disaster.

As detailed in its bylaws, the LTRG’s mission is to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery response to individuals in Nashville/Davidson County affected by disaster.

The LTRG offers additional long-term assistance to individuals affected by the disaster who do not have adequate personal resources, and stewards volunteer, material and financial resources.

Its goal is to provide cost-effective and coordinated delivery of services so that survivors receive unduplicated assistance in a timely, efficient and equitable manner.

With more than 80 individuals representing 30 organizations participating on regularly scheduled calls, the group has, to date:

  • Identified the areas of greatest need;
  • Identified organizations capable of addressing those needs;
  • Worked to ensure it is supporting each organization’s services while providing support to survivors from all of the impacted areas in Nashville.

“Our purpose, as the Long-Term Recovery Group, is to see that our community can recover from the tornado,” said Terry Rappuhn, founder of Westminster Home Connection. “We coordinate resources, focusing on survivors who have said they won’t be able to recover without assistance.

“It’s incredibly difficult for a survivor to recover from a disaster during a pandemic. That’s why the Long-Term Recovery Group’s entire focus is on what’s best for survivors.”

Nashville Responds

Several members of the Davidson County Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) reflect on the recovery efforts since the March 2020 tornadoes that devastated many of Nashville’s iconic neighborhoods.

Kathy Floyd-Buggs, Director of Neighborhoods for the Nashville Mayor’s Office; Keith Branson, Executive Director of Westminster Home Connection; Tina Doniger, Executive Director of Community Resource Center; Amy Fair, Vice President of Donor Services at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Alisha Smith Haddock, Community-Based Services Director at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashivlle; Eileen Lowery, Director of Disaster Recovery Connection at Tn Conference of UMCOR; and Lori Shinton, Executive Director of Hands on Nashville provide insight on the journey of recovery at the one year mark.