Bunkered in Basement and How You Can Help Tornado Victims

Two nights ago I was bunkered in my basement as tornado watches and warnings rolled through Kentucky. Fortunately the nearest known tornado was 30 miles away.

Our community’s first reaction was shock and horror as we struggled to grasp the swath of destruction left by the early Saturday morning extreme weather.

This was swiftly overtaken by echos of one question: How can we help? Below is a sampling of ways you can assist tornado victims. Please join me in reaching out as you are able.

To all in the College of Education community affected by the devastating storms, we extend our deep condolences and encourage you to reach out to the UK Counseling Center at 859-257-8701.

Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by this weather tragedy.

Please see below a set of resources currently available to help.

Fund Drives

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund 
https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief.

American Red Cross 
redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.

Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund established by UK College of Medicine student Abbi Rawls of Bowling Green gofundme.com/f/ukcom-student-effort-for-tornado-relief-in-ky.

United Way of Kentucky 
uwky.org/tornado

Blood Drives

To donate blood in your area: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html

Volunteer in Person

Call the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management at 311 or fill out a survey at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/02e24e0e3ddd4d158a21aaf9a0973384

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