Our hearts are heavy for all affected by the damaging tornadoes as recovery and cleanup efforts continue. If you have Tennessee travel plans, please keep them. Tourism drives so many of our local economies. For the most part, businesses in Davidson (Nashville), Putnam (Cookeville), Wilson (Mt Juliet/Lebanon), Gibson, Carroll and Benton Counties are open and ready to welcome you. They’re also depending on your support as we help our neighbors in need.
Come see first-hand what makes us #TennesseeStrong.
You can find more information on what’s open and how to help below.
- 15 out of 16 Tennessee Welcome Centers are operating normally.
- When traveling through these areas, please utilize GPS navigation as road closures are ongoing.
- Shipping for the official Tennessee Vacation Guide will be delayed as the distribution center was damaged.
- For Tennessee’s tornado and severe weather response, visit Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s resource page.
Downtown Nashville and the city’s entertainment district were untouched.
"Like Nashville, our shops, museums, and attractions are still open for business," said Molly Brown, Executive Director, Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau. "The music is still playing here as well, in our downtown eateries, breweries and pubs. Our local and state parks are greening out and starting to show signs of beautiful spring blooms. We invite visitors to continue to make vacation plans to one of Tennessee’s top travel destinations. While the damage of these deadly storms was in a concentrated area, on the western side of the county, mainly residential, our charming downtown was left unharmed. As we mourn the losses, we also know that we are resilient and must maintain as a thriving travel destination."
Due to the amazing generosity of supporters, the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency is currently at capacity for item donations. Monetary donations are most requested currently.
The Cookeville-Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund is now operating. All proceeds will be distributed to families who have been immediately impacted.
How to Donate
- Bank of Putnam County – Any of the 19 locations
- Venmo @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado
- PayPal: search: firstname.lastname@example.org
- text COOKEVILLEHELP to 41444
- DONATE LINK: https://putnamcountytn.gov/relief/
Due to safety concerns in the impacted area, no visitors or volunteers will be permitted to enter. Only tornado victims will be allowed to enter the area.
Anyone interested in volunteering should register with Samaritan’s Purse by texting (931) 261-8567. A representative from Samaritan’s Purse will respond to your text and provide up-to-date volunteer information.
Please continue reviewing the Emergency Management website and Facebook for updates and future volunteer needs.
Although tornado damage to personal property and schools occurred, hotels, restaurants and shopping destinations in Mt. Juliet are fully open for business.
Businesses that are Open:
Contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber at 615-444-5503.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is accepting monetary donations.
Please visit Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto’s Facebook , as well as Wilson County Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook for updates and future volunteer needs. More information on volunteer opportunities to come.
Tornado damage was residential. Gibson County's tourism-related businesses are open to receive visitors.