Tornados wreak havoc on Kentucky - here's what you can do to help:
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Last night (December 10th, 2021), category 4 and 5 tornados wracked havoc across Kentucky causing the deaths of more than 70 Kentuckians. Governor Beshear has declared a state of emergency and activated hundreds of guardsmen from the National Guard who are currently clearing roads for Emergency Medical Services and other essential recovery personnel.
Mayfield, KY (population 10,000) was hit especially hard. 110 people were working in a 24/7 candle factory in town when the tornado hit and caused the factory's building to collapse.
Photos of Mayfield, KY 12/11/21 by Ohio Valley Ariel
By sunrise, people all across the state were already mobilizing, volunteering, and donating in an effort to help however they can.
Here's what you can do:
Contribute to relief funds
The easiest and most convenient way for those unaffected by the tragedy is to contribute to relief funds.
Make physical donations
Donating physical items can be a tremendous help. Needs are constantly changing and it's good to keep in touch with the communities in need. Groups like this one are a great way to know the community's needs in real time: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605628934019861
Items needed: Non-perishable foods, water, toiletries, food & gas cards, pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, etc.
Benton - Marshall County Exceptional Center (198 Old Symsonia Rd, Benton, KY 42025)
Draffenvill - Marshall County Elks Lodge (97 Kashway Ln, Benton, KY 42025)
Volunteers can be critical after disasters like this - especially those with medical training.
American Red Cross is currently stationed at Lone Oak First Baptist Church (3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003) collecting donations and organizing volunteers.
Mayfield Police directing volunteers to check in at Catalyst Church (114 Kings Dr. Mayfield, KY 42066)
Bremen Fire Department (51 College St, Bremen, KY 42325)
If you are in need of shelter
For those displaced or in need of aid, here is a list of places currently providing shelter:
Mayfield High School - Mayfield (700 Douthitt St, Mayfield, KY 42066 | Phone: 270-247-4461)
Warren Middle School - Bowling Green (295 Rich Pond Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104 | Phone: 270-467-7510)
Dawson Springs Baptist Temple - Dawson Springs (960 Industrial Park Rd, Dawson Springs, KY 42408 | Phone: 270-797-2091)
This page will be updated throughout the next days and weeks with more accurate info. If you know of links or resources not included on this page, please don't hesitate to share the info with us through the contact form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to keep up to date directly with communities impacted by these events. Online groups like this are a great way to keep updated with community needs in real time. If you know of any other similar online groups, please send their info our way!