December 11th may be a normal for us, but to the people of Kentucky it might be the most tragic day in their life, an unexpected tornado has engulfed their home, cars, and for some others, the love ones. The pain from this crisis are unimaginable.
According to the report from Kentucky Gov. Up until Monday afternoon, the confirmed death toll in the state had risen to 74 in the wake of this historic tornado outbreak and in-counting with 109 unaccounted for throughout the state.
Many people may wonder what causes this and what could we do to help the people of Kentucky.
What causes a tornado? Is climate change relate to tornado outbreaks?
Tornadoes are whirling, vertical air columns that form from thunderstorms and stretch to the ground. They travel with ferocious speed and lay waste to everything in their path.
While Scientists are still trying to sort out the 2 many conflicting factors about whether human caused climate change is making tornadoes more common or even more intense. According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, about 1,200 twisters hit the U.S. each year. Even the figure may vary, but no other country sees as many.
"Attributing a specific storm like Friday’s to the effect of climate change remains very challenging. Fewer than 10% of severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes, which makes drawing conclusions about climate change and the processes leading up to them tricky" said Harold Brooks, a tornado scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Scientists have observed changes taking place to the basic ingredients of a thunderstorm, however, as the planet warms. Gensini says in the aggregate, extreme storms are “becoming more common because we have a lot warmer air masses in the cool season that can support these types of severe weather outbreaks.”
In short, the U.S. is likely to see more tornadoes occur in the winter, as national temperatures rise above the long-term average. Fewer events will take place in the summer.
How can we help the people of Kentucky?
Nonprofits and community members have already begun collecting donations for families who’ve lost their homes and everything in them.
In response, OGL has contacted the Marshal County Community Foundation for donation. We've allocate hundreds of brand new pieces from our warehouse in the first place. Providing warm clothing to the Kentucky community.
BELOW IS A LIST OF WAYS TO HELP
Donate to relief funds
Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
Gov. Andy Beshear has established a fund to assist tornado victims and begin rebuilding. Donate at secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief or by sending a check to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero St., 218 NC, Frankfort, KY40601.
American Red Cross
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.
Send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org or PO BOX 1255, Jackson, KY41339.
The nonprofit based in Atlanta is partnering with Louisville’s Change Today, Change Tomorrow to distribute food, water and cash vouchers to affected families. Donate to the tornado relief fund here.
Global Empowerment Mission
The disaster relief nonprofit based in Miami sending trucks of supplies to western Kentucky, in partnership with Racing Louisville and Louisville City Football Club. Donate funds at globalempowermentmission.org/mission/kentucky-tornadoes/.
The D.C.-based nonprofit has established a Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund at globalgiving.org/projects/midwest-tornado-relief-fund/.
Kentucky Couseling Center
The organization is collecting donations that counselors and social workers in Graves Country will distribute to affected families. Donate at kentuckycounselingcenter.com/mayfield-fund/.
Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has established a GoFundMe page collecting donations at gofundme.com/f/ukcom-student-effort-for-tornado-relief-in-ky.
Kentucky Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters
Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief
Mayfield-Graves County United Way has set up a GoFundMe to collect donations at gofundme.com/f/mayfield-graves-county-tornado-relief. Find other verified fundraisers at gofundme.com/c/act/tornado-outbreak-fundraisers.
Marshall County Fund
The Marshall County Nonprofit Foundation has established a Venmo account to take funds at @MCNPF.
The nonprofit that serves meals following natural disasters has set up at His House Ministries, 1250 KY-303, Mayfield, Kentucky, and will distribute food over the next few days. Donate funds at https://mercychefs.com/donation.
The church in Mayfield, Kentucky, is taking donations for a tornado relief fund at wearerelevant.churchcenter.com/giving/to/mayfield-tornado-relief.
Rise and Shine
The mutual aid group in Bowling Green is taking donations through Venmo at @riseandshinebgky.
Visit helpsalvationarmy.org and donate to the Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief Fundraiser on Facebook.
United Way of Kentucky
The agency has set up a donation site specifically for tornado victims. Visit uwky.org/tornado.
Western KY Tornado Victims
Bremen resident Courtney Cozee has established a GoFundMe at gofundme.com/f/western-ky-tornado-vitamins.
Western Kentucky Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundraiser
Find the online fundraiser on Facebook.
Green River Distillery
Owensboro residents who want to donate supplies can take them to Green River Distillery, 10 Distillery Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Most needed items include water, baby formula, diapers, sanitizing wipes, sanitizer, gloves and trash bags.
Jefferson County Public Schools
The largest school district in the state is holding a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect donations for western Kentucky residents. Drop off donations in front of the VanHoose Education Building, 3332 Newburg Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day this week.
Lyon County Courthouse
People with supplies to donate in Lyon County can drop them off at the courthouse, 500 W. Dale Ave., Eddyville. Officials are requesting trash bags, coffee, disinfectant wipes, work gloves, safety glasses and gift cards.
Marshall County Tornado Disaster Relief
Call 270-703-2706 or 270-252-6530 to donate food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other items.
Veteran's Club Inc.
Veteran's Club Inc. will be collecting donations to send to Western Kentucky from noon to 7 p.m. Monday at Fern Creek Christian Church, 9419 Seatonville Road.Suggested donations include "water, medical supplies, non-perishable food, heaters, warm clothing, large tents and pet food."
Donations will be transported to Mayfield.
Clayton & Crume
The leather goods company, which began a decade ago in a Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, is accepting donations via its website to support people and organizations in Bowling Green that need assistance.
Green River Distillery
The Green River Distillery in Owensboro is serving as a drop off point starting at 10 a.m. Monday for locals looking for ways to help support tornado relief efforts in Western Kentucky.The supplies needed first are as follows: Water, crackers, cookies, baby formula, diapers, sanitizing wipes, mouthwash, sanitizer, gloves and trash bags.
Green River will also accept toy donations for those affected "to bring some joy during such devastation," the distillery said.
The LEE Initiative
The LEE Initiative has pledged and spent $15,000 on food to be served early this week from local food trucks and said planning is underway for "relief and holiday meals / toys as all of the people who lost homes will be in shelters through the holidays."
Visit leeinitiative.kindful.com to donate.