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Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Efforts

 

This page will be updated as new information is received.

 

FEMA

Disaster Assistance

To determine eligibility register: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or 800-621-3362.

For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.

Persons with a smartphone can download the FEMA app at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app and register.

 

DONATION AND VOLUNTEERS

If you are interested in helping, please visit the links below. You can also follow @ServeKentucky and @KentuckyEM on social media for updates.

DONATION AND VOLUNTEER SURVEY - Complete this survey if you would like to help those affected by the tornadoes in Western Kentucky.

TEAM WESTERN KENTUCKY TORNADO RELIEF FUND

Governor Beshear established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the tornados and the severe weather system on December 11, 2021. All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible.

 

Donate online: https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief OR Mail checks to: Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, 200 Mero Street, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40622. In memo line, please note donation is for "Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund." 

American Red Cross Shelters

If your home was damaged or destroyed by the severe weather and you need Red Cross assistance, please call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

If you need a safe place to stay, you can find a list of open shelters at redcross.org/shelter.

 

Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for access to real-time information and safety tips. The Emergency app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KYVOAD)

DISASTER VOLUNTEERS

 

If you are already affiliated with a response organization, please contact them directly. They will let you know when conditions are safe and when they will begin deploying volunteers. 

IMPORTANT: Volunteers must affiliate with an organization. Under no circumstances should a volunteer self-deploy to an affected area! Unaffiliated, self-deployed volunteers can create additional burdens on affected communities and can pull resources away from survivors.

KEEPING VOLUNTEERS SAFE AND HEALTHY

Preparedness for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations: If you are feeling sick, or displaying any symptoms of illness, please stay home. We love our volunteers, but we need you to be healthy and operating at 100% to make that happen. Our first priority is to keep all volunteers and their families’ safe during this National Emergency. We understand that those who are not suffering from the virus or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help. Below are general guidelines to keep you safe so you can help others and so we all get through this crisis together.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - COVID19: Community, Work and School 

 

Alabama Department of Public Health

American Red Cross – Staying and Helping Others During COVID-19 

Points of Light - SAFETY TIPS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN A COVID-19 WORLD

Alabama VOAD Guidelines for Volunteerism during COVID-19

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) VOAD is a coalition of non-profit and faith-based, public and public and private organizations and agencies that respond to disasters by bringing all available resources together to assist those impacted by disasters. VAODS provide a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration that fosters a more effective delivery of services to disaster affected communities. 

National VOAD

Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KYVOAD)

Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD)

Support those who help survivors and respond to disasters. Consider one of the following ALVOAD member agencies:

Adventist Community Services 

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief

Alabama Food Bank Association

Baldwin County VOAD

Church of the Highlands

City Action Partnership

Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing

Coffee County ROCC/VOAD

Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa County

Convoy of Hope

Covington County VOAD

Cullman County VOAD

Elmore County VOAD

Etowah County VOAD

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Good Shepherd UMC

HandsOn River Region

Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response

Jefferson/Shelby County VOAD

Legal Services of Alabama

Madison County VOAD

Marshall County Commission

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mobile County VOAD

Morgan County VOAD

North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

Operation BBQ Relief

Operation Blessing International

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Reach Out Worldwide

Salvation Army

Samaritan’s Purse

Southeastern Synod

St. Vincent dePaul

The Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church

Tuscaloosa VOAD

United Way of Baldwin County

United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of East Central Alabama/1st Call for Help

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Northwest Alabama

United Way of Selma & Dallas County

United Way of Southwest Alabama

United Way of West Alabama

United Ways of Alabama

Walker County VOAD

World Renew

FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS
Volunteer Toolbox: Resources for non-profits utilizing volunteers in times of disaster.
Volunteer Hours Tracking: Please see link below to download form to track volunteer hours.
Helpful tips for Donating 
  • Cash is best! –This allows relief organizations to purchase exactly what items are needed to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Funds will also provide direct victim assistance.
  • Confirm the Need Before Collecting – Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Many groups have been disappointed that their efforts and the goods they collected were not appreciated. A community hit by disaster, however, does not have the time, manpower or money to sort and dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated goods. 
Helpful tips for Volunteering
  • Call 2-1-1 to register to volunteer.
 
  • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
 
  • Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
 
  • Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.