Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Continues to Provide Hurricane Relief Assistance to Mississippi Gulf Coast
FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 3, 2006) Committed to providing post-Hurricane Katrina assistance, the newly formed Ken-Tenn Relief Team has been sending desperately needed supplies to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help with recovery efforts.
The Ken-Tenn Relief Team is a collaboration of efforts that was formed from concerned citizens and business partners in the Corbin, Ky., area. They have received help from the Appalachian Christian Project, a non-profit organization committed to serving Appalachians in need. Between the two groups, more than $600,000 in relief supplies (food, water, medical supplies, hospital beds and other desperately needed items) have been delivered to the Gulf Coast region so far.
Approximately 9,000 gallons of drinking water have been donated toward relief efforts by the Winchester Dairy in Winchester, Ky. An initial shipment of 4,500 gallons of water left Kentucky on Feb. 1, destined for the Gulf Coast region, and 4,500 gallons are expected to be shipped the following week.
"Relief groups like Ken-Tenn provide a vital complement to federal and state agency relief efforts,” said Clyde Bolton, director of the Division of Public Health Protection and Safety. “We couldn't do it without them. The work in Mississippi and Louisiana is not done. Our help is still needed. Ken-Tenn provides a means for people who would like to help, a place where they can contribute and know their effort makes a difference."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) deployed more than 60 public health officials to the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi to assist the Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) in disaster response and recovery. While in the region, they were able to help MDH tackle the overwhelming task of protecting the health of area residents and ensuring facilities such as restaurants, grocery stores, schools and hospitals opened and operated safely. They also collected private well water samples for Mississippi residents who used wells for their drinking water and ensured that emergency shelters operated safely.