disaster relief

Kentucky Senate approves bill to get report on donated disaster relief funds

BY: - February 22, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Senate passed a piece of legislation from a Western Kentucky lawmaker that seeks answers to how donated disaster relief funds have been spent so far.  A committee substitute version of Senate Bill 99 passed 33-2 Wednesday. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Fruit Hill, said on the floor that he filed the bill after a […]

GOP lawmakers seeking oversight of disaster donations, while Beshear defends funds’ transparency

BY: - February 10, 2023

Republican lawmakers want more oversight of disaster relief funds following a report that checks from donations had been sent to people unaffected by the December 2021 tornado outbreak. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported earlier this month thousands of dollars worth of $1,000 relief checks, provided through the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, were sent in […]


But what’s the forecast?

BY: - February 7, 2023

Political art by Marc Murphy inspired by Liam Niemeyer’s reporting: “Millions in donations were sent for tornado relief. Survivors wonder where the money is.”

Millions in donations were sent for tornado relief. Survivors wonder where the money is.

BY: - February 4, 2023

MAYFIELD — Doug Irby, owner of a mold removal and home foundation repair company, sees daily reminders that Kentuckians still need help to recover from the tornadoes of December 2021. Yet most of the donations that Kentucky has set aside to help victims pay for unmet needs remain untapped, leaving survivors wondering if that help […]

Beshear: Sites for rebuilding flooded Eastern Kentucky communities being considered

BY: - December 9, 2022

FRANKFORT — The state is considering land in Knott, Letcher and Perry counties as sites for new housing for victims of last summer’s flooding in developments that could include schools, senior housing and medical clinics, Gov. Andy Beshear told media on Thursday. Beshear declined to go into specifics, saying he did not want to compromise […]

Jobs were hard to find in Dawson Springs. Then a tornado struck.

BY: - December 1, 2022

DAWSON SPRINGS — A long line of cars and trucks trails out of downtown, waiting to pick up bags carried by volunteers, cartons of eggs and more from a food pantry giveaway on a cold November morning.  The need is there, said Lisa Barnes, one of the volunteers loading food into each passing vehicle. As […]

$100 million for Kentucky flood recovery in Biden’s disaster-relief request to Congress

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico. The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]