Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 West Liberty Kentucky Tornado Updates

My co-worker Ricky Adkins and I with the special tornado edition of The Licking Valley Courier... It was one of the proudest moments of my life when I saw that press rolling our papers after our office was destroyed. This is newspaper is still a piece of our community that the storm couldn't take away from us, and I am so honored to be a part of it. Thank you all so much for your support. ♥
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wkyt Morgan Co. business owners start rebuilding process: The people of West Liberty are still trying to rebuild what...
Officials from banks, federal assistance programs and other service providers came together to help those who lost everything try to move forward. Some small business owners said they do not qualify for a lot of the loans made available to them because they cannot prove a source of income after losing their livelihood. Some said they are not looking for a handout but they do not understand why there are not more federal grants available to businesses trying to rebuild. “There is no recourse as far as getting loans from lenders because you do not qualify for those loans,” said Dorcas Burton, Owner, of The Primitive Homestead on Main Street. “Even government subsidized loans, you still do not qualify for if you have no income.”
‎”A town is not its buildings – but the PEOPLE in it. Those buildings are gone, but the PEOPLE are still standing. WE are West Liberty. WE are Morgan County, and our home is still the greatest place in the world. When the smoke clears, we WILL rebuild our town. Today we are all friends and neighbors no matter where we may be scattered. Let’s all stand strong to help others and get this county back in its feet. I LOVE MORGAN COUNTY AND I LOVE YOU ALL.” – LVC Reporter/Columnist Miranda M. Cantrell {3/4/12}
Latest News

Another disaster recovery center opens

The center in Inez opened Sunday for people who had property damage or other hardships from severe storms and tornadoes that passed through the area on Feb. 29-March 3. Read More

Beshear returning to E. Ky. to view recovery efforts

The Governor will be in West Liberty and Sayersville Monday afternoon to see how the recovery efforts are going. Read More

Life slowly returning to normal in tornado-ravaged West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — Melissa Stacy walked into the Morgan County clerk's office Friday and transferred ownership of a 2000 Ford Explorer.
In one of the hardest-hit areas, officials in Morgan County plan to hold a news conference at 5:47 p.m., the time one week ago when the tornadoes struck.
Like any good newspaperman, Earl Kinner is used to finding news. Last Friday, the news found him.
Gary Holbrook ~ On FaceBook~Latest News~WEST LIBERTY AREA
I want to thank everyone for the suport everyone has given to the people in my district who have been devastated by Fridays storms ! If anyone wants to donate to help a fund has been established by the Gateway Area Development District . Their number is 606 780 0090 . Any amount is needed and appreciated and all donations will go to the citizens here who need help. Thank You. John Will Stacy
Morgan Countians, whether you're insured or not, you are welcome to apply for FEMA Assistance. FEMA will be begin taking claims on Wednesday, 3/14/2012, at the Old MSU Center in West Liberty on Route 7. Be sure to register online or via telephone and get your FEMA claim number before going to submit your claim.
President Obama's declaration of a major disaster area in Kentucky opens the door for storm victims to apply for federal aid.
So proud of my Alma Mater! Thanks so much Morehead State University. Always proud to be an Eagle!!
MSU Volunteer Center is set up at MSU at WL - accepting volunteer signups and work orders for property damange/clean up - 606-783-8756.

UPDATE: Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear Visits Tornado-Ravaged West ...

The power's back on and phones are working again in tornado-ravaged West Liberty -- just one of the stops Governor Steve Beshear and FEMA workers made Wednesday.
Repost: PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT: 3/7/2012 - We have one report of person(s) starting to go door to door and ask for donations to help victims of the recent storms. This is nothing but a scam and donations ARE NOT being collected in this manner. Please do not give anything to these people and notify law enforcement immediately. Anyone wanting information concerning donations is urged to contact Emergency Management @ 606-789-2260. re-post please
Rite Aid Customers...FYI
Rite Aid (Morehead) Prescription Assistance: Rite Aid is now offering free prescription delivery service from its Morehead location to residents of West Liberty. Rite Aid is offering the free delivery service to help those without transportation obtain their prescriptions. Deliveries will take place Monday – Friday at the following times and locations: Shelter at the Assembly Faith church on the hill on the 519 at 4:30 p.m.; Morgan County health department truck parked at old MSU building, at 5 p.m. For more information about the free prescription delivery service, please call Rite Aid at 606-783-1581 or 606-743-3425.
Donations to "directly" help this area can be sent to Morgan County Relief Fund c/o Bank of the Mountains, P.O. Box 309, West Liberty, KY 41472 any help will be greatly appricated
A community-organized event will take place on Friday, March 23 at the Carl Perkins Center in Morehead to benefit the West Liberty community devastated by last week's tornadoes. The event will begin at noon and last all day. The event will include a chili dinner, silent auction, and local performers...
‎*** Donation Center Now Open *** Please let everyone know and please stop by if you need assistance or supplies. We have volunteers taking donations and helping local victims get the items they are in need of in the building directly in front of ours located just off exit 75 on the Mountian Parkway. We are also expecting a trailer this afternoon with even more supplies and furniture. We are here to help, please repost this message or pass the word along to all of your friends. Thanks!!!
Amber Rae Day Bethany Baptist Church will be collecting food, clothing, cleaning supplies, school items, and any thing that could be used to help those affected by the tornado. If you would like to donate items, our church will be sure to get them to those in need. You may contact me at 359-1471 or Robin Pelfrey at 743-4968 to arrange a pickup/ drop off time. It is our hope to get these items to families that live farther out in the county that aren't able to make it to the local shelter. Thank you so much and God Bless.
Please see my lastest post which is copied from a message I received from family in West Liberty, KY who's volunteering in the shelters. They are in dire need of baby supplies (diapers, formula, bottles, etc.), I continue to ask...beg, my GA family & friends to help with this disaster relief effort! KY needs our help!!!!! Please help me in doing this! I will be taking a truck load of things to West Liberty, KY on Thursday, March 15th. Anyone wishing to donate can please contact me at 478-231-8958. Thanks in advance for your help!
from Kristi Hamilton Collins Spread the word...There are shuttles running at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. from Oldfield's Store at Mize and Plowboy General near East Valley school. These shuttles will take you to Morgan Central for meals, showers, etc. and return you back to those pick up sites. Also, shuttles picking up folks at Advance Auto for people living in West Liberty to take them to Morgan Central for their needs at 8:00, 12:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Please spread the word that the West Liberty Vet Clinic is taking in displaced animals from around our county. If you or someone you know is missing an animal feel free to come in and look around
Kentucky emergency management officials say people who want to volunteer should not just rush to tornado ravaged areas across the state. In fact, public information officer Buddy Rogers says people should stay away from damaged areas, especially West Liberty. The Morgan County town was severely damaged by Friday's storms.Officials say people who want to help should go to, which gives instructions on how you can volunteer, as well as what you can send for donations. They say the best donation right now is cash.As of Sunday morning officials report Kentucky's death toll stands at 20, with 300 injuries reported.FEMA is expected to arrive in Kentucky Monday. **********************************************************
The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, in cooperation with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Clear Channel Radio, WKYT and Central Bank has set up the Kentucky Cares Campaign to assist those affected by Friday's storms.

Kentucky storm damage from the air

Aerial views of West Liberty, Morgan, Menifee and Bath Counties by Faron Collins Kentucky Cares' phonebank scheduled for tornado relief

VIDEO: More up close video views of Pulaski, West Liberty tornadoes

Numerous efforts under way to collect donations for tornado victims

Donations and volunteers swarm devastated community in Laurel

"This disaster has brought out the best that Laurel County has to offer, and that's neighbors helping neighbors," said Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Acciardo...
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is asking the federal government to expedite aid to the tornado-stricken state as the death toll continues to climb. Read More
Organizations across Kentucky have put together efforts to help storm victims. Read More Search and rescue crews finished up operations in West LIberty and Morgan County Saturday night. They're now turning their focus to cleanup efforts. Read More The Morgan County Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) office has been temporarily relocated because of storm damage. Beginning Monday, March 5, customers who need information on food benefits, medical assistance and other services and can visit DCBS family support staff at the (More)

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