March UPDATE / 3.17.20

 

Tornado. Coronavirus. WHAT’S next?

We are facing unprecedented challenges. Our health and those of our loved ones are at risk. Our Government is implementing “social distancing” policies to contain the virus. Nashville, a tourist and service-based economy, has been hit hard. Many are experiencing job and financial insecurity—and no one knows for how long. Couple ALL OF THAT with a devastating tornado and many will find themselves at a breaking point

 

WHAT'S NEXT.

 

A CommUNITY RESPONSE. Nashville is at its best when things are at their worst. An unprecedented but not unexpected response from friends, neighbors, and often strangers are providing the resources, strength, and encouragement to get us through this.

 

Your RESPONSE. We are in this together.

  • Please stay in touch with and check on any elderly or at-risk neighbors.

  • A good number of our older friends are hesitant to leave home and would deeply appreciate you making a grocery run for them.

  • Second Harvest has collection bins at Kroger for tornado victims and school meals.

  • Don’t hoard. Just buy what you need so neighbors can buy what they need.

A Government RESPONSE.

  • Davidson County – The mayor issued strong directives to reduce exposure and contagion.

  • In our District – I am working with pastors and local organizations to assist the elderly and ill. I will update you on our progress and ways to get involved.

 

A MNPS RESPONSE (and others).

  • MNPS has canceled school through April 3.

  • Local Universities have closed campus classrooms and provided online instruction/video streaming.

  • MNPS and Second Harvest are setting up food pickup sites for students without hot meals beginning tomorrow from 2-5 pm at Antioch HS, Buena Vista Elementary, Cole Elementary, Donelson Middle, Haywood Elementary, Inglewood Elementary, J.E. Moss Elementary, Jere Baxter Middle, and Napier Elementary.

  • AND Nutrition Services will provide drive-thru meal distribution during school closure at HG Hill Middle School beginning Monday, March 23, from 8-9 am for breakfast and 12-1:30 for lunch. All meals will be cold and packaged for carryout and are available to anyone under 18, regardless of school status. More information is available: familyinfo@MNPS.org or www.mnps.org/health

An Xfinity and Spectrum RESPONSE

  • Xfinity is providing FREE 2month access to Xfinity Wifi hotspots. Click on wifi.xfinity.com for instructions.

  • Spectrum is also offering free service for two months. Call 1-844-488-8398.

A Small Business Administration RESPONSE. SBA is providing low-interest, long-term DISASTER ASSISTANCE loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. www.disasterassistance.gov for more information.

 

Participation in the 2020 Census is VITALLY IMPORTANT!

WHY? The census determines the number of seats TN will have in the House of Representatives. It also determines how the Federal Government allocates money. The more people in Nashville, the more money we receive for hospitals, schools, infrastructure, etc. Watch for your Census Invite in the mail this week; you can respond by phone, mail, or online. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE the census invitation, CALL 844.330.2020 or go online by selecting the button below.

 

Did you get a phone ALERT before the March 3 TORNADO?

No? Sign up for the Metro’s Emergency Alert & Notification System (MEANS) TODAY by selecting the button below. This tool is integrated with the National Weather Service to give location-specific notice of life-threatening weather.

 

Thank you William Swann, Nashville Fire Department Director-Chief for the way and MEANS to be alerted.

 

March 23 Partnership Council Meeting rescheduled. 

 

New date TBD. Committees have been meeting and making significant progress. Would you like to be involved in Hospitality, Beautification, Social, Safety, or Chamber of Commerce? Message me, and I will set you up with the right people.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

My Irish wife would never forgive me if I forgot to send an Irish blessing.

 

So, "May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door."

Stay in touch, please. 

 

Councilman Thom Druffel- District 23 | 615.767.6458 | Thom.Druffel@Nashville.gov

Audit Committee

Budget & Finance Committee

Convention Committee

Education Committee

 

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