Franklin tornado: Resources and ways to help

The tornado

The EF3 tornado with 140-mile-per-hour winds that plowed through Robertson County Saturday destroyed 55 homes, two churches, four businesses, a food pantry, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building on the south side of Franklin. More than a dozen people were injured, but none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening. No deaths were reported. Damages are estimated at $3.8 million.

Resources

People trying to check on loved ones can call the Pridgion Center in Franklin at (979) 828-3276.

If you are trying to access your home and you see power lines down, please contact the Sheriff's office 979-828-3299.

The tornado left thousands of Entergy customers without power. Entergy is asking residents to report downed powerlines by calling 1-800-368-3749. Entergy online outage site

The First Baptist Church of Franklin is serving as a shelter for those displaced by the tornado.

A shelter for animals has been set up at the Agrilife Extension office and 4H barn on FM 46 north of Franklin.

How you can help

Those who want to volunteer assistance are asked to call the Emergency Operations Center at (979) 828-6680 where a list is being compiled. Officials ask those whose assistance hasn’t been requested to stay out of the area.

The Franklin High School Student Council will selling T-shirts with the message ‘Franklin Strong on the front and ‘We are one” on the back. They will go on sale Tuesday evening for $10, depending on when they shipment arrives.

Donations to help the tornado victims may be made to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. NextHome Realty Solutions BCS is serving as a collection site. The firm accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4095 State Highway 6 South in between Rock Prairie and Barron Road.

Donate to the American Red Cross

Donate to the Salvation Army