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Emergency Aid Delivered to Tornado Survivors in Kentucky

  • March 8, 2012

As shattered communities throughout the South and Midwest begin massive post-tornado clean-up, AmeriCares has responded with shipments of water, medical aid, relief supplies and nutritional supplements to help survivors in the hard-hit state of Kentucky.

  • A rush shipment of 32,000 bottles of water donated by partner, Nestle Waters North America has already arrived at a partner NGO in Hagerhill, KY for distribution to communities where clean drinking water is in short supply. 
  • First aid supplies, nutritional supplements and relief supplies including hygiene items and clean-up kits will arrive in Hagerhill on  Friday. AmeriCares relief workers will be dispatched to Kentucky to receive the shipment.

Survivors in more than a dozen states are still reeling from the devastation caused by more than 100 “Leap Day” and early March tornadoes – including families in communities still struggling to recover from 2011 tornadoes. Kentucky endured some of the most intense storm activity with 29 counties sustaining storm damage.Our emergency response team remains in active communication with clinics and health care organizations, local FEMA liaisons and Medical Reserve Corps to coordinate additional aid including:

  • A total of 96,000 bottles of water donated by Nestle Waters North America, scheduled for shipment and distribution through the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the National Guard.

AmeriCares has a long history of helping survivors of U.S. disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and most recently, a series of 2011 disasters including deadly tornadoes, massive flooding, hurricanes and wildfires.  In response, AmeriCares delivered nearly $3 million in aid, along with more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to help hard-hit communities recover and prepare for future emergencies.

WTNH Video

Video: Connecticut

AmeriCares in Connecticut is preparing to send bottled water, medical aid and relief supplies for survivors of the deadly tornadoes that caused widespread damage across the U.S. See the video »Photos courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard/Spc. David Bolton / CC BY 2.0
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