OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The multi-agency disaster donations warehouse in Owensboro no longer will accept goods after Sunday, January 23, according to Director Richard Payne of the Owensboro-Daviess County Emergency Management Agency.
The multi-agency warehouse has been in operation at Lincoln Mall on U.S. Highway 231 since January 7, supplying relief organizations serving those affected by the destructive tornadoes, storms and flash-flooding of January 3-4.
"We've been able to meet immediate needs for goods in the disaster area, due to the incredible generosity of people from all over the state and country," said Payne.
Meantime, a new Long Term Recovery Warehouse will open Monday, January 17, at 123 W. 12th Street in Owensboro, to receive donations of building supplies and tools still being requested by storm victims in Daviess, Crittenden and Webster Counties. The warehouse will be managed by the Adventists Community Services, under the guidance of a long-term recovery committee, Payne explained. "The priority need now is building materials," Payne said. "We no longer can accommodate other items such as canned goods, cleaning supplies or clothing."
Payne stressed that individuals and organizations should call the donations warehouse hotline, 270-684-1515, before bringing any goods to either warehouse. Donations of cash may still be sent to the Owensboro-Daviess County Disaster Relief Fund, c/o Kathy Estes, Owensboro City Hall, P.O. Box 10003, OWENSBORO, Ky.. 42302.
Those wishing to volunteer disaster recovery labor or services should call 270-683-9161 and register before attempting to enter the tornado-impacted areas, said Dan Douglas of the Volunteer Center in Owensboro. Persons who suffered losses may still register for federal/state assistance by calling toll-free the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) number, 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impediments).