Kentucky tornado aftermath: A resources guide

Tornadoes wreaked havoc on six states over the weekend, with Kentucky experiencing one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. A single tornado reported to be about three quarters of a mile wide traveled an estimated more than 250 miles, killing at least 74 people while leaving another 100 unaccounted for.

Most tornadoes are 50 yards wide and travel only a few miles, according to the National Weather Service.

Rescue crews continue to search the debris for potential survivors while survey teams establish the final ratings of the tornados that ripped through parts of western Kentucky and five other states.

At least seven children were killed in Bowling Green, including two infants and a four-year-old.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the recovery would be long and difficult. The director of Kentucky’s Division of Emergency Management, Michael Dossett, added that the full scale of the damage was hard to quantify.

“The long and the short of it is, we don’t really know, by any stretch of the imagination, of all the infrastructure damage yet,” he said.

Gov. Beshear also said that 1000 homes had been destroyed and 25,000 people remain without power. State parks are being opened to provide housing for those whose homes are destroyed or uninhabitable.

A comprehensive list of resources and ways to help has been created by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots organization focused on climate change, economic justice, voting rights, among other issues.

The list contains organizations listed geographically across some of the devastated areas, as well as a list of items that are urgently required. People can donate money, items or volunteer to help.

Queer Kentucky, a LGTBQ+ non-profit, is offering assistance to members of their community in need.

“This has been devastating,” the group wrote on its Instagram. “If you are Queer and have been affected by the storms in our region, let us know. We want to make sure our community is accounted for. And we want to make sure you receive the resources for mutual aid.

People can donate to Queer Kentucky here.

The list also has several counselors offering services for free to people in western Kentucky affected by the devastation.

If you need to talk to someone because of the tornadoes, the Disaster Distress Helpline is 1-800-985-5990.

Liz Roberts: 

Maja Cupac: 606-219-2380.

Melanie Rivard: 859-285-3034 or

Mary Caroline Gray: 502-514-0563.

For the full list of resources, follow this link. 

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