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Disaster Relief

Welcome to Kentucky's Web site to assist in disaster relief efforts.

KHELPS (Kentucky Helps) is a database designed to collect information about displaced individuals’ needs and facilitate access to the medical, social and basic needs services that Kentucky can provide to those displaced to the state as a result of a disaster. Use this form to enter displaced person information.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) can also use the database to collect information about any friends or family those evacuees in Kentucky may be looking for; this information will be provided to the appropriate agencies, such as the American Red Cross.

CHFS’ agencies are working collaboratively to connect displaced people who are eligible to various services, including: Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) services; Department for Public Health services, including clinical services and the HIV/AIDS program; the Kentucky Physician Care (KPC) program; and immunizations. 

We are currently requesting medical aid volunteers to assist with disaster relief efforts. If you are a health, social or medical worker and would like to join in the recovery effort, please fill out the volunteer form.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is actively managing the database for medical volunteers and is awaiting official requests from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which regulates requests for disaster relief volunteers. When official word is received that specific medical volunteers are needed, you will be contacted as soon as possible. Thank you for interest in this effort. 

Donation Information

Donations for disaster recovery efforts are being accepted by the following organizations:

  • A statewide donation hotline has been established by the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 1-800-618-1689. If you wish to donate specific items, your information will be entered into a regional database and you will be contacted when a need for those items has been identified.
  • The American Red Cross is accepting donations at 1-800-HELP-NOW. For local credit card donations, please call (859) 253-1331, Ext. 305 or visit the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross. Mail checks to Red Cross, 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Donations can also be made at any Central Bank location. Paramount Bank will match each monetary donation up to $25 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief. The Daniel Boone Chapter American Red Cross will collect donations by mail at 213 West Main Street, Richmond, KY 40475. For a credit card donation, please call (859) 623-1336. Check donations should indicate charity preference.
  • The Salvation Army is accepting donations online. Mail donations to Salvation Army, 736 West Main, Lexington, KY 40508 and be sure to address checks to Salvation Army and indicate for hurricane relief.
  • The United Way of the Bluegrass is accepting donations at any Fifth Third Bank location or online. Mail checks or money orders to: Hurricane Katrina Response Fund, c/o United Way of the Bluegrass, 2480 Fortune Drive, No. 250, Lexington, KY 40509.
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Last Updated 3/3/2009