Lawmakers Raise More Than $20,000 For Disaster Relief

Kentucky lawmakers and their staffs have raised more than twenty thousand dollars for disaster relief this week. Members of the Kentucky General Assembly had set a goal of ten thousand dollars to donate to the Red Cross in the wake of tornadoes that struck eastern and northern Kentucky last week. House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s office […]

FEMA Begins Taking Tornado Damage Claims In Ky. Disaster Areas

From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in northern and eastern Kentucky, conducting damage assessments and helping tornado victims through the process of applying for federal assistance. President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for seven counties, and more areas could be added as assessments continue. “There’s no […]

Cleanup, Relief Efforts Underway In Hard-Hit West Liberty

From Chuck Mraz, Kentucky Public Radio With the search for further victims officially over, the cleanup of tornado-ravaged downtown West Liberty is now fully underway. Drexel Patrick is the chief of the Route 519 volunteer fire department in Morgan County. Patrick and his group mobilized quickly after the storm hit. Patrick says the massive amounts […]

Kentucky Tornado Death Toll Climbs to 20; Daniels Declares Emergency in S. Indiana

State officials say 20 people are now confirmed dead from Friday’s tornado outbreak that tore through communities across Kentucky. More than 300 are injured. Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials toured the devastation Saturday. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” Beshear said. “I’ve […]

Louisville's Catholic Charities Accepting Haiti Donations

Catholic Charities of Louisville spokesperson Bart Weigel says his organization will send donations on to the group’s international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services, which was already well established in Haiti before the earthquake. “I’m sure it will be several days before the CRS staff there on the ground can even determine the scope of the […]

Kentucky Group Organizing Haitian Earthquake Relief

From Charles Compton, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond An agency based in Richmond, Kentucky is preparing a relief response to yesterday’s earthquake in Haiti. Christian Flights International maintains a school in central Haiti for 1,100 students. Executive director Scott Mandl says his agency is accepting cash donations for earthquake relief… “We’re going to be trying provide […]

Red Cross Soliciting Disaster Relief Funds

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to replenish its disaster relief fund. The effort to raise $100 million began in September, and officials say about $60 million has been collected thus far.  Logan McCulloch, the chief development officer for the Louisville Area Red Cross, says nationwide, the agency responded to 70 large scale disasters  […]