The people of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN need your voice. We are like guppy’s lost and swimming in a sea of half-truths, desperately searching for answers.
A Petition has been started on our behalf to Petition the White House, for President Trump to launch a Federal Investigation into the wildfire November 28th, 2016. This fire ravaged our community and took 14 confirmed lives. And millions in damages.
Letters to Governor Haslem and Senator Corker are referred back to the City and County or TEMA, who refers us back to the City and County officials, and that’s where the dance of passing the buck begins. We need to know our officials are willing to accept what happened and make improvements to a failed Emergency Plan to make our community safe.
Please use your voice to help us. You can sign the petition here.
I also Reccomended reading this article by an Emergency Management expert on his experience in the fire and how his reccomendations were met with disdain and shame. (Read Here) The same way those of us speaking out are met in City and County meetings when we speak. Oh yes they say they have helped with a million dollars, but no accountibility for where this money went. We still have people living in tents and campers.
We are told by the Mayor of Gatlinburg, loudly to move on. Not one official has reached out to those who lost loved ones. Outrageous. You can’t cover up grief, or fast forward through it. There hasn’t even been a memorial planned for the dead.
Again please speak out with us. Thank you.
By C. Refsland