In the aftermath of the tornado that impacted Western Kentucky on Friday, December 10, PCAK has compiled a list of resources and ways to help those impacted. This list will be updated regularly as we receive additional needs from our Partners across the state.
The Kentucky Nonprofit Network is compiling a list of resources available as well as those needing assistance. To list a resource or request assistance, please use the forms below.
1. If your nonprofit is providing services to those impacted, please share the information here: https://bit.ly/nonprofitstormservices.
2. If your nonprofit needs assistance to be able to get up and running to provide services, please share that information here: https://bit.ly/nonprofitstormneeds.
Additionally, His House Ministries, a nondenominational church in Mayfield is organizing volunteers to clear debris and serving hot meals for victims of the tornado. Members are posting daily updates on their Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/hishousetv.
Governor Beshear and Team Kentucky have developed this webpage to provide answers on a variety of topics: https://governor.ky.gov/tornadoresources
1. Top Shelf Lobby is organizing a Christmas Toy Drive and diaper drive for those in the Mayfield community. Unwrapped donations will be accepted at Top Shelf Lobby (302 Shelby Street, Frankfort, KY 40601) or Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (801 Corporate Drive, Ste. 120, Lexington, KY 40503) until noon on Friday, December 17.
2. The Kentucky Emergency Management Division has organized a survey to collect information from those who would like to donate their skills or time to those in Western Kentucky. At this time, please do not head to Western Kentucky thinking you are going to be able to help, as there are state and federal officials on-site coordinating all details and volunteer efforts.
3. If you are interested in donating items to those in Mayfield, donations can be taken or shipped to the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds (1004 KY-121, Mayfield, KY 42066). Items needed include: water, flash lights, head lamps, batteries, work/ utility gloves, new socks, new undergarments, blankets, coats, warm clothes, shoes, and toiletry items).
4. Blood donation is especially important in the aftermath of a natural disaster. To donate blood at your local Kentucky Red Cross, please visit this link: https://www.redcrossblood.org/. To donate blood through the Kentucky Blood Center, please visit this link: https://kybloodcenter.org/find-a-drive/.
5. Governor Beshear has organized a Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund which will accept monetary contributions. To donate, visit this link: https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief.
6. The Red Cross is currently accepting monetary donations several different ways:
a. Donate online here:
b. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief
c. To donate by phone via credit care, or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).
7. The United Way of Kentucky is accepting monetary donations to support impacted communities. To donate, visit this website: https://www.uwky.org/tornado. Families needing help can also call 211, Kentucky’s United Way helpline 24/7, 365 days a year.
8. The Rex Chapman Foundation is partnering with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to assist with tornado relief efforts. Donations are accepted online here: https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/rex-chapman-relief-fund.
9. Those in Dawson Springs especially need tarps, totes, and blankets.
10. Mercy Chefs, based in Virginia, are deploying to Mayfield to provide meals to victims. You can donate to their disaster relief efforts here: https://mercychefs.com/kytornado/.
11. Disaster Relief At Work, Inc. (DRAW) aims to help communities across the United States during natural disasters. DRAW is providing needed supplies to the affected communities from Kentucky to Arkansas in the next 24-36 hours. You Can support DRAW’s efforts here: https://drawbuckets.org/.
12. The Johnson Bar, a local business in Paducah, is collecting items to donate to first responders. For a list of items to donate and more information, please visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thejohnsonbar/.
13. The Community foundation of Western Kentucky has set up a Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Donations can be mailed to- CFWS Disaster Relief Fund PO Box 7 Paducah, KY 42001, dropped off at the US Bank Building- 333 Broadway, Suite 530, Paducah, KY 42001, or made online here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ZJN8MRXNLQV2G.
14. Mayfield Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mayfield-kentucky-tornado-relife
15. The Kentucky State Police have created a Western Kentucky Tornado Relief page, found here: https://kentuckystatepolice.org/westernky-relief/. This page contains opportunities for volunteering, donations, and FEMA relief.
For another list of ways to assist Western Kentucky, please visit WDRB’s website, here: https://www.wdrb.com/news/how-to-help-victims-impacted-by-the-tornadoes-in-western-kentucky/article_c6f80c6e-5aaf-11ec-bcbb-af18ae919a3a.html.
Shelter, Food, and Clothing Needs
The Kentucky Red Cross is working with those impacted in Western Kentucky. If your home was damaged or destroyed by the severe weather, and you need Red Cross assistance, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you need a safe place to stay, you can find a list of open shelters here: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html.
The Kentucky Red Cross has established the following shelters:
- First United Methodist Church,100 Church St., Hickman, KY 42050 – Contact: Justin Jackson 270-254-0261
- Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 334 Lebanon St, Wingo, KY 42088 – Contact: Pastor RB Mays 270-983-0333
- The Way Center, 449 Lebanon Street, Wingo, KY, 42088 – Contact: Pastor Ike Murphy 270-564-0699 (The Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian church and The Way are next door to each other and are sharing resources)
- Fancy Farm Knights of Columbus Hall, 20 KY Hwy 39, Fancy Farm, Kentucky, 42039, – Contact: Todd Hayden, Commissioner 270-705-1051
- Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003 – Contact: Pastor Hank Garner 704-699-3473
The American Psychological Association has resources available for everyone regarding how to process anxieties and fears following a tornado. Those resources can be found here:
- https://www.apa.org/topics/disasters-response/tornadoes-kids · https://www.apa.org/topics/disasters-response/recovering
- Additional mental health, behavioral health, and crisis assistance can be accessed through the Substance Abuse Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Programs at 1-888-604-6106.
- For physical healthcare needs, please contact the Aetna Nurse Hotline at 1-855-620-3924.
The contact for the Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative is 1-877-495-7322. The Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative operates Monday- Friday 7:30 AM- 5:00 PM.
Additionally, LG and E/ Kentucky Utilities can be contacted at 1-800-981-0600.
Monetary donations are being accepted at the organizations/ entities below:
- Convoy of HopeAspire AppalachiaKentucky Baptist Disaster ReliefShop Local Kentucky – purchase a “Kentucky Strong” T-shirt and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief FundThe Lee InitiativeMayfield-Graves County United WaySalvation Army Disaster ReliefRelevant Church (Mayfield, KY)Rise and Shine (Bowling Green, KY)Global Giving Midwest US Tornado Relief FundPresbyterian Disaster AssistanceSamaritan’s Purse International ReliefChurches of Christ Disaster Relief EffortLutheran Disaster Response
- Suggested donations of 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 are being accepted at the locations listed below:
- The Salvation Army Kentucky/Tennessee Division Roebling Point Books, 601 Overton Street, Newport, KY 41071Newport 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, 270-527-8388First 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 cansCave 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 40217Jamestown 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 42003St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 20 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY 42039Water 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. 42345Kentucky 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 BankHope 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 40291Henderson 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
- Starting today, 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.
- SBP – Post-Disaster Homeowner ResourcesAfter 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.· Navigating FEMA· Insurance Guide· Avoiding Contractor Fraud· Contractor Fraud Checklist · Información general del proceso de asistencia por desastres· Guía de Seguro Posterior a un Desastre· Cómo evitar los fraudes de contratistas· Lista de Verificación de Fraude para Contratistas
Below, please find links for Go Fund Me accounts for the tornado devastation that hit Community Action Agencies in Kentucky. This money will go to support and resources for each agency.
Community Action of Southern Kentucky: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-action-of-southern-ky-tornado-relief – Bowling Green and other areas within their service region.
Pennyrile Allied Community Services: https://www.gofundme.com/f/db9sq2-pacs-tornado-relief-fund – Dawson Springs, Princeton and other areas within their service region.
West Kentucky Allied Services: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wkas-tornado-relief-fund – Mayfield and other areas within their service region.