I've seen all manner of "Kentucky Strong" representation throughout the weekend and while appropriate, it might be an understatement.


In times of crisis, Kentucky mobilizes unlike anything we've ever seen. And we may never have needed to come together as we do now after a catastrophic tornado ripped through western Kentucky and stayed on the ground for more than two hours, according to the National Weather Service. The agency reports peak winds from the twister anywhere between 158 and 206 miles per hour. Just devastating.

And now the Commonwealth has sprung into action. Federal assistance is at hand. The National Guard is on location and citizens are chiming in asking how they can help.

While we've had so many step up and volunteer--and really, it's an enormous and encouraging list--here are a couple more ways you can get supplies delivered to tornado-ravaged areas in western Kentucky that are relatively easy.


First, there's a big UPS truck parked next to Iron Jungle Gym which is located on JR Miller Boulevard in Owensboro. The truck itself is on Carlton Drive. It will be open each day this week from 8 AM through 6 PM so folks can drop supplies off. All you have to do is just put them in the truck, which will be monitored the entire time it's parked there. On Saturday, it will head to Bowling Green which was heavily damaged by ANOTHER tornado Friday night.

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Dave Spencer/Townsquare Media

Secondly, a good friend of mine, Chaney Mayer, is a home health nurse. Consequently, she travels daily and even has an office in Bremen, one of the towns that suffered massive destruction as a result of the tornado. She will be traveling to devastated areas quite a bit this week and she will be delivering supplies. We dropped a bunch of stuff off at her place just last night.


Here is a list of items requested:


  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Hygiene Products: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper products such as Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Gloves (latex and work gloves)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles & matches/lighters
  • Rain ponchos
  • Blankets
  • First-aid kits
  • Plastic totes and lids
  • Rakes
  • Shovels
  • Brooms
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (razors, deodorants, and the like)
  • Board games and coloring books
  • Sweat pants and shirts
  • Coats

I'll be collecting whatever anyone wants to give here at WBKR and delivering them to Chaney this week.

Thanks so much for your help.

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