|The tornadoes that damaged much of Western Kentucky over the weekend have left dozens of communities in need. KMA is sharing the list of resources below, compiled from various sources, for those affected and information to make donations and volunteer.
KMA thanks the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for sharing this list.
From the Governor’s Office:
- Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians); The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
- Kentucky State Parks in the area are now open to host families who need housing for at least two weeks. Volunteers who are willing to assist state parks staff housing distressed guests should contact Kentucky State Parks Division Director Andy Kasitz at email@example.com.
- Until mobile units for the Department for Community-Based Services locations in Mayfield/Graves County those who need help may call 855-306-8959, or they may apply for help online at kynect.ky.gov. Starting today, a special queue is in place for people needing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Student Effort for Tornado Relief in Western Kentucky: We are raising our funds to help members of those communities that have been the most devastated. These are our neighbors, our friends, our family, and those who we love the most. The funds will go to families and those who are the most in need. We will be directly talking with local school districts, International Centers, and Refugee Initiatives, as well as local area organizations who are working to support and provide aid to those who have been affected.
University of Louisville School of Medicine Disaster Relief Fund: Students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist in the disaster relief fund by either contributing to this page, or dropping off items at our collection drive at the medical school. Everything collected will be donated to local organizations that are providing aid to those displaced and in need of supplies. Some of our students have families living in the cities that were hit the hardest. We will start our donations with those communities, then branch as resources are available.
SBP – Post-Disaster Homeowner Resources
After disaster, impacted homeowners are often at a loss for what to do next. The following resources are informative and help homeowners make smart decisions in a stressful time.
Here’s how you can help tornado victims
WFPL-FM has compiled a robust list of verified relief efforts, donation points, and volunteer opportunities.
As search and rescue efforts continue in impacted counties, here’s how you can help:
Donate to disaster relief funds
Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
Kentucky Red Cross:
Donate online here
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
To donate by phone via credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)
Verified GoFundMe pages created by community members and organizations in need
His House Ministries (Mayfield, Ky)
United Way of Kentucky
Disaster Relief At Work
Convoy of Hope
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief
Shop Local Kentucky – purchase a “Kentucky Strong” T-shirt and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The Lee Initiative
Mayfield-Graves County United Way
Salvation Army Disaster Relief
Relevant Church (Mayfield, KY)
Rise and Shine (Bowling Green, KY)
Global Giving Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort
Lutheran Disaster Response
Kentucky Red Cross: Find your local blood bank here
Kentucky Blood Center: Find a drive here
Donate clothes, blankets, food, water and other supplies
*Suggested donations include gas, generators, storage bins/totes, flash lights, head lamps, batteries, utility gloves, phone chargers, gas cans, socks, undergarments, blankets, coats, warm clothes, shoes, toiletries, paper towels, plastic utensils, paper plates, feminine hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, wipes, water, non-perishable foods.
The Salvation Army Kentucky/Tennessee Division
Roebling Point Books, 601 Overton Street, Newport, KY 41071
Newport Fire Department, 998 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071
Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 2941 Highland Lick Rd, Russellville, KY
Stepstone Family and Youth Services, 78 Caky Dr, Benton, KY, 270-527-8388
First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway St, Paducah, KY, 270-442-2728
Marshall County Exceptional Center, 198 Old Symsonia Rd, Benton, KY, 270-252-6530 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Sunday, Dec. 12 – Friday, Dec. 17)
Akridge Farm Supply, 724 Fairview Ave, Eddyville, KY 42038, 270-388-2910 – Looking specifically for tarps and gas cans
Cave City Community Center (Senior Center), 105 Duke St, Cave City, KY 42127
Northside Baptist Church, 611 W Lockridge St, Mayfield, KY
Dry Ground Brewing Company, 3121 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001
Paducah Beer Werks, 301 N 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001
Four Pegs Smokehouse and Bar, 1053 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217
Jamestown City Park Batting Cages, 123 Park Ave, Jamestown, KY 42629 (drop off from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday through Thursday)
Russell Springs City Hall, 487 Main Street, Russell Springs, KY 42642 (drop off from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday)
Lone Oak Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 20 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY 42039
Water drive at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S Mulberry St, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 (need cases of bottled water)
Felix Martin Hall, 501 W. Everly Brothers Blvd., Greenville, KY. 42345
Kentucky Education Development Corporation, Ashland office (904 Rose Road) and Lexington Office (118 James Court Ste 60)
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, 208 South Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Winchester Police Department, 16 S. Maple Street, Winchester, KY (accepting donations until Monday evening)
Georgetown Fire Department, 101 Jacobs Drive, Georgetown, KY (accepting donations all week)
Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway Street, Clarksville, IN, (accepting donation Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Dare to Care Food Bank
Hope 2 All Food Pantry, 307 W. Mose Rager Blvd. Drakesboro, KY 42337
Community Kitchen, 1237 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Paducah, KY
Veteran’s Club Inc., 9419 Seatonville rd. at Fern Creek Christian Church, Louisville, KY 40291
Henderson County Schools/Henderson Police Department, 735 N. Elm St., Henderson, KY (will fill a bus to deliver to Dawson Springs, can drop off 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Redemption City Church, 104 Railroad Ave., Dawson Springs KY, 270-425-4310
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 175 Graham Dr., Bowling Green, KY
Eleventh St Baptist Church, 1035 Kenton ST. Bowling Green, KY (collecting from Sunday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 15)
State Street Baptist Church, 340 State St. Bowling Green, KY (collecting from Sunday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 17)
Hancock’s of Paducah, 3841 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, KY (accepting donations of clean quilts and blankets, Tuesday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 5pm, and Saturday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Fairview Baptist Church, 701 West Water Street, Mayfield, KY
***Advisory: Please avoid obstructing search and rescue efforts by calling/checking-in beforehand***
Kentucky Emergency Management – Fill out the volunteer/donate link here
Kentucky Red Cross
Catalyst Church, 114 Kings Dr., Mayfield, KY, (270) 356-1191
South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, 270-467-7500
Bremen Volunteer Fire Department, 51 College St., Bremen, KY 42325, 270-525-6002
Lone Oak Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
Bowling Green Community Action Center, 171 Center St, Bowling Green, KY, 270-782-4437
Gasper Brewing Company, 302 State Street, Bowling Green, KY. – need volunteers to serve food
Mayfield City Hall, 211 E. Broadway, Mayfield, KY – Volunteers needed with drills
Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
God’s Pit Crew – Crisis Response Team
Team Rubicon Disaster Response
Covenant Community Church, 1055 North Main Street, Madisonville, KY, 270-821-2000
Mercy Chefs – Mayfield, KY Tornado Response (shifts available throughout the week)
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief
Support pets/stray animals in need
The Humane Society Animal Rescue & Response Team
Kentucky Humane Society
Foster a pet or donate supplies! The following shelters are in critical need due to the tornadoes:
Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter
Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society
Ceglinski Animal Clinic, 5401 Blandville Rd., Paducah, KY, 270-554-0171 (offering free housing for displaced pets)
River Retriever Kennels LLC, 5796 Old Mayfield Rd., Paducah, KY, 270-556-4433 (offering housing for displaced pets)
Marcus Rushing, 224 Hughes Rd., Wickliffe, KY, 985-605-4068 (has pasture and barn for cattle/horses, free of charge to victims of the tornadoes)
Mociso Farms Livestock Sanctuary & Rescue Ltd., 595 Osborne Rd. Ekron, Ky. (drop off pet supplies, food and any other items for disaster relief from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Refer community members in distress to these help lines
SAMHSA – Call or text 1-800-985-5990
Report Price Gouging
It’s illegal for retailers to bump up the prices of certain things during an emergency. If you see it happening you can report it online or call 1-888-432-9257. Per the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, goods and services in this prohibition include: consumer food items; goods or services used for emergency cleanup; emergency supplies; medical supplies; home heating oil; building materials; housing; transportation, freight, and storage services; and gasoline or other motor fuels.
This is an evolving list of ways that community members can help in the disaster relief effort. This post will be updated. Contact Jasmine Demers at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggested additions.
Thank you to WFPL for sharing this list of donation and volunteer opportunities.