Kathleen Bostinto Chattanooga United States of Ame
NO TORNADO WARNING!!!
TREMENDOUS DISTRUCTION IN CHATTANOOGA, TN.
Not one received a Tornado Alert Warning! Not one.
Chattanooga residents and beyond were not alerted in the East Brainerd community in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population being 14,132 at the 2010 census. All the residents of Hamilton County never received a warning to there cell phones, radios, news stations. The people of East Ridge, East Brainerd, Ooltewah and Collegedale developments and all of Tennessee looked at there cell phones to find out the alerts, which stated major Flood Warnings were in affect. In fact the alerts that were sent out to Tennessee residents were only alerting cell phone users of exactly that. Severe Flood Warnings, nothing more.
On April 13, 2020 at 4:07 am a Massive Tornado hit down and destroyed all of these Towns. Destruction of many homes, businesses, nursing homes, elementary school, churches and so much more. While the residents slept in peace, without a "Warning of Danger to come. At 4:07 a.m a whole community was wiped out, leaving town residents in despair. Lives destroyed along with devastation, loss and months of repair in front of each and every resident to deal with, as the sun rose that morning.
As Kathleen Bostinto from Ooltewah, TN walked through the towns, taking pictures of a most of the destruction that had taken place. Kathleen spoke to the home owners as they gathered with others to take there possessions out of their homes, businesses, buildings etc... that were left in a rubble. All that was left behind by this massive tornado. Kathleen listened to there stories of pain, heartache and despair. She listened to there needs as they cried out saying "We Never Received A Warning on our phones or News Stations. Many residents said over and over "We were only Alerted to expect Flood Warnings, Not Tornadoes.
The question here is, What Happened to the Alert that comes to each and every person in Tennessee, Alerting each and every one of us to the Danger approaching? Not one Alert was in site, which left so much destruction and despair. That gave no Warning to protect and take cover. To get out of Harms Way!
Someone must be held accountable for this! Thank God, from walking though out the town there were no deaths, just massive destruction that took place and it will probably take about 6 months to a year to rebuild. Many residents were thankful that the insurance companies stepped up quickly with cleanups and repairs.
Many rescuers came, church organizations such as Heart with Hands from Asheville, NC, Red Cross, Churches in the near by towns and many people from different communities in Tennessee gathered funds and supplies that were available immediately to the survivors of the destructive tornado that took place not only in E. Brainerd, but a few other towns that destroyed many homes buildings and businesses. We the people are thankful for the all the volunteers and donations that came quickly and to the many that still remain helping day and night to all those in need. We also thank the electric and water companies working from morning to night in rebuilding and repair. Thank you to all the hard working citizens that have been there from the beginning and remain till this nightmare is finally under control. God Bless all those who faced the devastation and lived through the breath taking nightmare, of it all.
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I interviewed Via a mother of 5 children. All of them found shelter in there garage. Via is thankful they are all safe. She said "This disaster was a warning to the world. To get right with the Lord before its to late.
Metal long fence, rolled up like a carpet.