Kentucky Ice Storm Warms Hearts As Thousands Provide A Helping Hand

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February 16, 2009
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FRANKFORT, KY -- Volunteers from 25 organizations in 15 states are helping Kentuckians who were affected by the ice storm that began on Jan. 26.

The needs of residents are matched with volunteers in each county by the local emergency management agency. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) is being supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide information for voluntary agencies and faith-based groups assisting residents across the state.

"Disaster recovery begins and ends at the local level and volunteers are integral to this process," said Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. "Through our partnership with FEMA, we have a greater capacity to coordinate volunteers with needs across the state."

Kentuckians who need assistance can contact their local emergency management agency or the Judge Executive in their county. Residents also can call United Way. In some areas, they can call 211 or online at  to find resources that may be available in their area.

"When disaster strikes a community, volunteers play a key role because they give of their valuable time and offer local support," said Kim Kadesch, federal coordinating officer in charge of the Kentucky operation for FEMA. "I commend the efforts of thousands of volunteers who are giving their time and resources to help Kentuckians."

The following volunteer agencies, faith-based groups and community organizations have provided resources:


American Mission Board (Baptist)

Shower units for volunteers

American Red Cross 

Shelter, food and comfort kits

Billy Graham Response Team

Ministerial support

Bluegrass Amateur Radio Society

Communication tools

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Owensboro

Aid for electrical problems

Catholic Social Services

Rental assistance and home repair

Christian Appalachian Project Disaster Response

Food, debris removal and shower units for volunteers

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Christian Reform World Relief Committee


Church World Service


Dare to Care Food Bank


Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief

Chainsaws, kitchens, shelter and food

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship

Volunteers, salt and diapers

Kentucky Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster 


Mennonite Disaster Service


Metro United Way, Louisville

Phone bank

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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