Beshear provides a comprehensive overview of the state’s response to a tornado; confirms 76 deaths
Governor Andy Beshear said the most accurate number of lives lost was 76. The governor has repeatedly said he waited to confirm three people from Dawson Springs who at one point were included in the Hopkins County report. He said those three would already be counted in Caldwell County’s numbers.
The governor said that would have brought the number down to 75, but an additional worker at the candle factory who escaped the collapse later died of injuries.
Governor Beshear said there was still no one on the storm’s missing list. No search or rescue operation is underway, he said.
Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund Team
On Monday morning, the relief fund set up by the Beshear administration to help people in western Kentucky affected by the devastating tornado storms that hit the region on December 10 received 112,079 donations totaling $ 21,483,814. .
The First Lady of Western Kentucky Toy Drive
To help distribute toys donated by First Lady Britainy Beshear’s Western Kentucky Toy Drive, locations across the state will host a Christmas display on Tuesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The locations include
â¢ Kenlake State Resort Park, 542 Kenlake Road, Hardin, KY 42048
â¢ Lake Barkley State Resort Park, 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, KY 42211
â¢ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road, Dawson Springs, KY
â¢ Hope House Ministries at Stryker Logistics, 308 Dishman Lane, Bowling Green, 42101
â¢ Western Kentucky Educational Co-op, 435 Outlet Avenue, Eddyville, KY 42038
For those who cannot make it to the storefront site, please email [email protected] with County Residents in the subject line to arrange an alternate delivery method.
Kentucky State Parks Update
Kentuckians displaced by tornadoes are staying at resort parks throughout the state of Kentucky. Currently, there are 226 state park rooms occupied by displaced Kentuckians and 92 rooms have been provided to first responders. The parks with places still available for displaced families are:
â¢ Kentucky Dam Village – 4 bedrooms available;
â¢ Kenlake State Resort Park – 13 rooms available;
â¢ Lake Barkley State Resort Park – 3 rooms available;
â¢ Barren River Lake State Resort Park – 42 rooms available;
â¢ John James Audubon State Park – 4 rooms available; and
â¢ Rough River Dam State Resort Park – 51 rooms available.
Kentucky State Parks will be looking for volunteers after the New Years to help with dining, cooking, housekeeping and laundry as well as some maintenance work. Those interested in volunteering should contact Andy Kasitz by email at [email protected] and provide the following information: your name, a mobile number, the name of the park (s) in which you wish to volunteer and your availability.
Driver’s license replacement
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has opened a temporary driver’s license issuing station in Mayfield. Fees are waived for disaster victims who must replace lost operator licenses, permits and state ID cards. The office, located at 355 Charles Drive, will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, until at least January 28.
A temporary driver’s license issuing station will be set up in Dawson Springs once a suitable space is found.
As of Monday morning, the Department of Insurance (DOI) had received 10,235 insurance claims, of which 84 were processed and closed. DOI provided on-site consumer assistance on Monday. A toll-free number is available for additional consumer assistance: 800-595-6053.
Insurance companies are said to be on site in western Kentucky and insurance adjusters are said to be working with affected residents.
Unemployment Disaster Assistance
Kentuckians who have become unemployed or self-employed and whose work has been disrupted in any of the 14 counties as a direct result of severe storms, straight-line winds, floods and tornadoes on December 10, 2021, are eligible to claim Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits (DUA) through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. The 14 counties are Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.
To qualify for DUA benefits, applicants in eligible counties must prove that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits. under federal or state law. Farmers and other self-employed workers who have not traditionally been eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits may be eligible for DUA.
Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website or call 502-875-0442 to file their initial claim. The deadline to request help is January 18, 2022. For more information, visit kcc.ky.gov.
Beware of bad actors
Kentucky State Police (KSP) are warning Kentuckians affected by tornadoes to be aware of fraudulent rescuers. These people can pose as FEMA representatives, American Red Cross workers, insurance adjusters, debris removal contractors, or general contractors.
While there have been reports of fraudulent workers, there are also legitimate FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams, housing inspectors and other government officials working in areas affected by storms.
Legitimate FEMA representatives wear official identification badges with photo identification and will have the relevant FEMA application numbers of residents.
Representatives from FEMA and the US Small Business Administration never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections, or help with completing federal aid applications. FEMA representatives will never promise a disaster grant in exchange for payment and are never permitted to collect your personal financial information.
Anyone who observes individuals removing objects of property to which they do not belong should contact law enforcement. The KSP, Kentucky National Guard and local law enforcement are providing saturated patrols in storm-damaged areas to repel this criminal activity. Suspicious individuals or activities can be reported to the KSP at 270-856-3721.
Survivors can continue to seek help by calling 800-621-3362, going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or using the FEMA app. there has been significant progress in getting those who have been affected registered for help. Already, there are over 8,500 validated registrants approved for over $ 2.6 million. FEMA currently operates seven mobile registration centers and two disaster recovery centers are now open in Hopkins and Warren counties.
Removal of debrisâ¨
The management and disposal of debris is a key priority. Counties identify and approve locations, and we work with county and city leaders and our state and federal partners to ensure program understanding and compliance, while securing contracts to remove and monitor debris.
Economic development announcements
Beshear noted three recent announcements for more jobs and investment to come in Kentucky.
â¢ Universal Piping Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Gallagher-Kaiser Corp. and manufacturer of prepackaged industrial piping assemblies, will build a new plant in Georgetown and consolidate its existing facilities in Lexington, creating 25 new high-paying jobs.
â¢ Taylor Corp., one of the largest graphics communications companies in North America, will invest $ 18.8 million in its Radcliff operation and create 28 quality job postings in the Radcliff area.
â¢ Commonwealth Rolled Products Inc. will invest more than $ 167 million in its Lewisport aluminum rolling mill, a project that will create 40 full-time jobs in the years to come.
Regional challenge Build back better
During Monday’s briefing, Beshear announced that Kentucky was a finalist in the US Economic Development Administration’s $ 1 billion regional Build Back Better challenge. The regional Build Back Better challenge aims to stimulate economic recovery from a pandemic and rebuild communities, including some that are struggling with decades of divestment.
Kentucky is one of 60 finalists, chosen from a pool of 529 applicants, and will receive a grant of approximately $ 500,000 to further develop the proposed project, Prosperity through AgriTech Hub, or Kentucky’s PATH.
The proposal includes five aligned projects that revolve around building a new state-of-the-art AgriTech research and development center that will establish Eastern Kentucky as an agricultural technology hub.
A diverse group of partners that includes international partners, economic development agencies, workforce innovation councils, colleges and universities, industry leaders and local governments are joining forces to raise PATH.