Tornado Relief Efforts

We are adding this page to assist those wishing to help in any way they can those affected by the deadly tornado outbreak that occurred overnight on December 10-11, 2021


Organizations

American Red Cross

Kentucky Red Cross :

To make a financial donation or schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit redcross.org or call 800-RED CROSS. You can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor app or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift today.

The American Red Cross shelter is set up at Madisonville First United Methodist Church (200 E. Center Street).


Monetary Donations

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund

Verified GoFundMe Pages

Convoy of Hope

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief

Shop Local Kentucky

Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief

Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund

Samaritan’s Purse


In the wake of devastating tornadoes causing widespread damage by clearing homes, businesses and churches in its path, it’s the sense of COMMUNITY that still stands. Our thoughts are with the thousands of people impacted by these storms.

During these times, when all may be lost, we will always stand together.

Despite the despair, our unified effort will help ease any uncertainty. Please consider joining us by offering a contribution of your choice to help those affected in Graves, Hopkins, Warren, Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties.

Many of our communities are holding donation drives, offering free services to those in need and opening accounts so that those that need help, now, and in the coming months will have funds to do so.

Our Foundation has created a fund to help our communities in need. If you wish to donate, please send a check denoting the county in your memo section to:

 Independence Foundation
c/o Western Kentucky Relief Fund
PO Box 988
Owensboro, KY 42302

We have also included on our website a way to donate online. Our dedicated page includes the most up to date information regarding county specific funds, ways to help in many of our markets affected, information to those that are in need of assistance and those looking to help in any way that they can. 


Donate clothes, blankets, food, water and other supplies 

*Suggested donations include 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.

The Salvation Army Kentucky/Tennessee Division

Dare to Care Food Bank

Morton’s Gap Second Baptist Church, 132 Hopkinsville RD, Morton’s Gap, KY (They have disaster relief items such as coats, hygiene products, non perishable food, blankets and much more)

Redemption City Church, 104 Railroad Ave., Dawson Springs KY, 270-425-4310

Dawson Spring High School, 317 Eli St, Dawson Springs, KY 42408

Dawson Springs Baptist Temple – 15 4H Camp Rd, Dawson Springs KY 42408 (They are a distribution center for food including hot meals, clothing, generators, gasoline and diesel. For information call 270-875-2932)

Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 2941 Highland Lick Rd, Russellville, KY

Felix Martin Hall, 501 W. Everly Brothers Blvd., Greenville, KY. 42345

Hope 2 All Food Pantry, 307 W. Mose Rager Blvd. Drakesboro, KY 42337

Henderson 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.)

Oh Sew Sweet Boutique, 210 East Arch Street, Madisonville, Ky.


Earlington Elementary School is now a central location for those who wish to donate relief supplies to Hopkins County tornado victims. Needed items include nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, cardboard boxes and other miscellaneous necessities listed below. No clothing donations, please. Drop-offs can be made from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at 1967 Championship Drive in Earlington.

Donated materials will be distributed to several locations across Hopkins County. Those who need supplies may visit one of the following pickup locations:

  • Earlington Elementary School (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.) – 1967 Championship Drive, Earlington
  • St. Charles City Hall (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – 211 Railroad Street, St. Charles
  • Mortons Gap Christian Church (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – 117 Mortons Gap Road, Mortons Gap
  • Nebo Baptist Church (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) – 230 South Bernard Street, Nebo
  • The River Church (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – 1580 Nortonville Road, Nortonville
  • Richland Baptist Church (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – 7035 Beulah Road, Madisonville

West Hopkins School is also serving as a donation point and a site where residents may pick up needed supplies.

Specific items that are needed include the following:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper plates, plastic cutlery, and plastic/Styrofoam cups
  • Trash bags
  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
  • Denture cleaner/adhesive
  • Disposable razors
  • Hygiene products for men
  • Eye contact solution
  • Pillows
  • New packaged underwear and panties (all sizes)
  • Children’s Tylenol, Mylicon/gas drops
  • Thermometers
  • Nail clippers
  • Cotton swabs/Q-Tips
  • Instant coffee
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Little grills
  • Little coolers and Styrofoam coolers
  • African-American hair bonnets, beads, and barrettes
  • Cellphone chargers

There is now a hotline to use if you are looking for a missing a loved one in Hopkins County, KY.

Please call 270.825.5024.

Dawson Springs High School-set up a triage to help those injured; they’re also keeping a running list of anyone that has checked in. Displaced residents are being directed for shelter here. There are also volunteer opportunities for working the shelter, as well as donations being accepted. If you know a displaced family please direct them here.  Affected people and families may pick up needed supplies such as clothes, baby items, car seats, diapers, formula, etc. at Oh Sew Sweet Boutique at 210 East Arch Street in Madisonville, Ky.


The Hopkins County KY Sheriff’s Office is asking for donations to be brought at the following locations.

Manufacturer’s Supply Co.
1200 Nebo Rd
Madisonville, KY
and
Clarks True Value
624 S. Main St
Madisonville, Ky


UPS (925 INDUSTRIAL ROAD, Madisonville,) will have a truck parked out front accepting donations and supplies.
Clark’s True Value Madisonville KY

The Gift Horse will be collecting supplies to be dispersed. Drop off any day next week. Toiletries, coats, blankets, and basic necessities appreciated.

Dollar General (S. Main) is accepting donation of Water, food, clothing, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, hygiene, etc.

First United Methodist Church is accepting sheets, towels, pillows, prepackaged snacks and is in need of monetary donations
Lone Star Church in Madisonville is accepting donations.

Th Hopkins County Family YMCA is open for phone charging and showers.

The Salvation Army 100% disaster donations support disaster relief.

First Christian Church, Madisonville, Ky has a special offering that will go to assist families this holiday season. 

United Methodist Committee on Relief: to support UMCOR’s response to these storms and other disasters, give to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery.

Dave’s Sticky Pig-first responders and utility workers receive a free combo meal.

Amazon wishlist made by Earlington Elementary School teachers.

(Source: WEVV)


Hopkins County’s “Make Christmas Happen” Gift Drive will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 19. During that time, both monetary and gift donations will be accepted for Hopkins County families in need of Christmas gifts this year. Families who wish to sign up to receive donations/ may do so on the “Make Christmas Happen” Facebook page, by calling 270-821-1310, or by texting 270-584-5951. Anyone signing up to receive gifts is asked to state the name of the children, the number of children, and their genders, ages, and address. Those who would like to make a monetary donation to the cause can do so by visiting the event’s Facebook page. If you’d like to donate a gift from Amazon, you can purchase it and have it sent to the Hopkins County Government Center at 56 North Main Street in Madisonville. You can also make a donation in-person at the Hopkins County Family YMCA, both Independence Bank locations, WTTL, the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, Burke’s Outlet, Madisonville Garage Door, Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fazolis, and US Banks. All gifts should be new and appropriate for kids ages 0 to 17 and can include toys, games, gift sets, electronics, and other popular items. The county is also accepting donations of wrapping supplies such as gift bags, wrapping paper, tape, bows, ribbon, and scissors for families to take home with them. After the gift drive has ended on Sunday, Dec. 19, gifts will be available for pickup from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, at the West Kentucky Archery Complex (3100 Grapevine Road in Madisonville). Residents who live in Dawson Springs may pick up their gifts from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the First Baptist Church (960 Industrial Park Rd in Dawson Springs).

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Volunteer

***Advisory: Please avoid obstructing search and rescue efforts by calling/checking-in beforehand***

Kentucky Emergency Management – Fill out the volunteer/donate link here

Kentucky Red Cross

Bremen Volunteer Fire Department, 51 College St., Bremen, KY 42325, 270-525-6002

Covenant Community Church, 1055 North Main Street, Madisonville, KY, 270-821-2000

Kentucky State Police have set up a hotline for those who want to volunteer or donate. Volunteers are asked to call 270-331-1979. You can also reach out to Kentucky Emergency Management or a specific county’s emergency management office.

Support pets/stray animals in need

The Humane Society Animal Rescue & Response Team

Kentucky Humane Society

Foster a pet or donate to these local shelters:

Report Price Gouging

It’s illegal for retailers to bump up the prices of certain things during an emergency. If you see it happening you can report it online or call 1-888-432-9257. Per the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, goods and services in this prohibition include: consumer food items; goods or services used for emergency cleanup; emergency supplies; medical supplies; home heating oil; building materials; housing; transportation, freight, and storage services; and gasoline or other motor fuels.

(Source: WFPL Louisville)


14 U-Haul Stores Offering 30 Days Free Storage after Tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2021) — Six regional U-Haul® companies are offering 30 days of free self-storage at a combined 14 facilities across two states to persons impacted by the tornadoes that devastated multiple communities last Friday night.

Many residential and commercial properties sustained damage or were destroyed in the storms. Numerous fatalities were reported. Thousands remain without heat and water. Accessibility to local storage units can play a small part in the recovery process.

Among the participating stores is U-Haul of Paducah, just 25 miles north of Mayfield, where a tornado tragically leveled much of the western Kentucky town.

“These tornadoes tore through homes and businesses in Kentucky and Tennessee, and impacted a lot of lives,” said Christopher Minnich, U-Haul Company of Louisville president. “We want to help. As our communities begin the long rebuilding process, we have the ability to provide a secure place for our neighbors to store their possessions at no cost for one month.”

People seeking more information about the U-Haul disaster relief program or needing to arrange 30 days of free self-storage should contact the participating facility nearest them:

KENTUCKY

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Dixie Hwy.

4425 Dixie Hwy.

Elsmere, KY 41018

(859) 342-8170

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lexington

1200 E. New Circle Road

Lexington, KY 40505

(859) 252-7596

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Masterson Station

2425 Merchant St.

Lexington, KY 40511

(859) 309-5729

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Paducah

2170 Irvin Cobb Drive

Paducah, KY 42003

(270) 442-9186

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Radcliff

501 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.

Radcliff, KY 40160

(270) 351-2355

In addition to its 30 days free self-storage disaster relief program, U-Haul is proud to be at the forefront of aiding communities in times of need as an official American Red Cross Disaster Responder.


Be Alert to Fraud After a Disaster

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Survivors should be aware that con artists and criminals may try to obtain money or steal personal information through fraud or identity theft after disaster. In some cases, thieves try to apply for FEMA assistance using names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from survivors.

If a FEMA Inspector comes to your home and you did not submit a FEMA application, your information may have been used without your knowledge to create a FEMA application. If so, please inform the inspector that you did not apply for FEMA assistance so they can submit a request to stop further processing of the application.

If you did not apply for assistance, but receive a letter from FEMA, please call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The helpline will submit a request to stop any further processing of that application.

If you do wish to apply for FEMA assistance after stopping an application made in your name without your knowledge, the Helpline will assist you in creating a new application.

Scams

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams, housing inspectors and other officials are working in areas impacted by the storms. They carry official identification badges with photo IDs. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out applications.

Don’t believe anyone who promises a disaster grant in return for payment.

Be wary of unexpected phone calls or visits to your home from people claiming to be FEMA housing inspectors or people claiming they work for FEMA. FEMA representatives will have a photo-ID badge and your FEMA application number.

Don’t give your banking information to a person claiming to be a FEMA housing inspector. FEMA inspectors are never authorized to collect your personal financial information.

If you believe you are the victim of a scam report it immediately to your local police or sheriff’s department, or contact the Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5389. To file a fraud complaint, go online to Scam Report (kentucky.gov).

If you suspect fraudulent activity involving FEMA, you can report it to the FEMA Fraud Branch at:  StopFEMAFraud@fema.dhs.gov, fax: (202) 212-4926 or write to: FEMA Fraud and Internal Investigation Division, 400 C Street SW Mail Stop 3005, Washington, DC 20472-3005.

If you suspect identity theft, please visit Identity Theft | FTC Consumer Information or IdentityTheft.gov.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Hopkins, Warren Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky – Two Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Hopkins and Warren counties in addition to
mobile centers in seven other locations in areas affected by the Dec. 10 tornadoes.
The Disaster Recovery Centers, operated by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, offer in-
person support to survivors in Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall,
Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties.

FEMA representatives can explain available assistance programs, how to apply to FEMA, and help connect
survivors with resources for their recovery needs.
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers will open across the Kentucky disaster area in the coming days.
Disaster Recovery Center Locations
HOPKINS COUNTY
Central High School, 6625 Hopkinsville Road, Madisonville KY 42431

WARREN COUNTY
Former Sears location at Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. CST Sunday, until further notice. Both
recovery centers will be closed Christmas Day.
In addition to FEMA personnel, representatives from the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance, the Kentucky
Department of Insurance and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the recovery centers
to assist survivors.

The DRC is a federal facility and under COVID-19 protocols a face mask is required. If you do not have a mask, one
can be provided.

Learn more at fema.gov 2
Mobile Registration Center Locations
In addition to the newly opened Disaster Recovery Centers, seven Mobile Registration Centers are open to help
residents apply for FEMA assistance and provide information about resources for survivors. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily, except for Christmas Day. For an updated list of locations, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4630.
You do not need to visit a center to apply with FEMA
If you are unable to visit one of the centers, there are other ways to apply: You can apply online at
DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such
as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.
When you apply, you will need to provide:
 A current phone number where you can be contacted.
 Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying.
 Your Social Security Number.
 A general list of damage and losses.
 Banking information if you choose direct deposit.
 If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.
The deadline to apply for federal assistance is Feb. 11, 2022.
For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.
For more information about Kentucky tornado recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow the FEMA Region
4 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/femaregion4.