Ohio Task Force 1 to assist with tornado, storm recovery efforts in Kentucky

Ohio Task Force 1 was activated Sunday to help with search and rescue efforts in Kentucky after severe storms and tornadoes killed more than a dozen people.

At least eight people died at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory is southwest Kentucky and 12 were killed in the Bowling Green area, according to the Associated Press.

A Type III Search and Rescue team, which includes full equipment, 45 search specialists and canine search teams, is responding, according to OH-TF1. The team’s specific destination has not been determined. The task force was scheduled to leave around 10 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to OH-TF1, task forces from Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee have also been activated.


AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross is supporting those affected by the tornadoes that happened throughout the Midwest Friday and Saturday. A $10 donation may quickly be sent by texting REDCROSS to the number 90999.

Donors may also call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcross.org.

The Red Cross reports it has a low blood supply, and blood donations are needed. Click here for more information on how to donate.

TEAM WESTERN KENTUCKY TORNADO RELIEF FUND: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has launched a statewide relief fund to assist victims in that state. Click here for details on giving to Team Western Kentucky.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army is accepting donations for the victims of the tornado destruction. Click here for giving online to the Salvation Army.

SAMARITAN’S PURSE: The Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse has already sent a semi-tractor trailer full of relief supplies to various parts of the Midwest affected by the tornadoes and has plans to send more. To donate to help the victims through this organization, click here.

WORLD VISION: A Christian organization called World Vision is deploying volunteers from area churches to support those affected by the tornado outbreak. Money sent to World Vision will purchase supplies those churches will distribute, including blankets, heaters, food and more.

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