Following the Devastating Tornado Nashville, Volunteers Work to Recover and Rebuild

NASHVILLE, TN (03.11.2020) – People in Nashville, surrounding communities and rural areas are are working virtually non-stop to recover from the devastating tornado that struck in the middle of the night March 3rd. The 175 mile per hour winds of the category 4 tornado killed over 2 dozen people and left many miles of the total destruction of homes, businesses and farm land.

Members of “Team Orange” pictured in the church after arriving Friday night. Josh Eatherly far left and Josh Buis on the right.

P&E Distributors is headquartered in the Nashville suburb of Goodlettsville and employs a large staff. Josh Eatherly related to 12volt News “Thankfully none of our employees were harmed. We had 3 employees who had minor property damage. With that being said almost everyone had extended family or friends who were heavily affected. There has been much volunteerism happening they are actually sending people home from clean up sites. Nashville will rebuild over time. East of Nashville in Putnam County all were not as lucky and we, as a company, started directing our efforts there.”

Pizza was on the menu Friday evening to get Team Orange set for the heavy work day on Saturday. P&E’s Josh Eatherly pictured standing on the left.

Continuing Eatherly stated “We have had so many vendors reach out and contribute to the cause. Kicker, Metra, Odor 1, Airlift, Truck Hero and Race Sport Lighting offered support very quickly. We will be supplying free a Chain Saw and small Engine Spark Plugs to cleanup workers courtesy of E3.”

A homeowner gave each member of Team Orange a “Thank You So Much Brick” to take home as a reminder of their work in Nashville.

Eatherly added “The biggest help came from a key vendor and friend Scorpion Protective Coatings. Company COO Josh Buis organized a group of nine young men from Greencastle, IN to come help clean up on Saturday March 7th. My sister Stephanie helped partner with Dalewood Baptist Church to house the group who worked their tails off. I enjoyed speaking with them and seeing their enthusiasm when they arrived late Friday night and we ordered pizza and set the plan for Saturday.”

A Crisis Response Team coordinator sets the plan with Team Orange.

Josh Buis offered to 12volt News “When I heard the news of the tornado I called Josh at P&E first thing. We knew people in and around Nashville needed a big helping hand. We loaded up on Friday afternoon, March 6th, after school and our group of 11 headed to Nashville…arriving about 9 PM after the 5 hour drive to Nashville from our home base in Indiana. Damon Carrington and I traveled with the 9 young volunteers. Josh’s sister had made arrangements with the church for a place for us to sleep. Pizza was on the menu and we all got to sleep for the job ahead on Saturday.”

On Saturday the crew, that would become known as “Team Orange”, was on site in Putnam County east of Nashville. “Team Orange” work was coordinated through the local Crisis Response Unit as they cleared debris and worked along locals and other volunteers. All “Team Orange” members worked through the day and departed at dark on Saturday evening. “Team Orange” arrived home just before midnight Saturday night.

Team Orange members work to remove a large tree trunk.

“We definitely gave it all we had throughout the day on Saturday. On the drive back to Indiana I looked in the rearview mirror and “Team Orange” members were all laid back…and enjoying the great Kicker headphones that Kicker and P&E supplied to each member of the team. We can’t thank Kicker and Josh enough” Buis concluded.

The trip to Nashville was sponsored by Scorpion Protective Coatings, Odd Fellow Printing, RSQ Fire Protection and P&E Distributors along with the Huff and Boggess Families.

A huge 12volt News Hat’s off to all who worked so hard to help Nashville recover.

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