FRANKFORT, KY (3/7/12) - Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson tomorrow will visit additional storm-damaged areas hit by Friday’s tornadoes and severe storms.
Gov. Beshear will travel to Menifee, Morgan and Laurel counties, and Lt. Gov. Abramson will travel to Lawrence and Johnson counties. Landing times and specific locations will be announced.
This is the second time Kentucky’s top two state officials have surveyed storm-related areas. On Saturday, Gov. Beshear traveled to the cities of West Liberty, Salyersville and Piner. Lt. Gov. Abramson visited East Bernstadt in Laurel County on Saturday.
“The Lieutenant Governor and I are not going to rest until our people are taken care of,” Gov. Beshear said. “Total recovery is going to take a while because the destruction is so widespread. Whether it’s a place to stay, food to eat or water to drink, we are here to help Kentuckians get through this horrible time.”
Gov. Beshear today spoke for the second time in a week with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the devastation in Kentucky and the coordination of federal support. The Governor recently sent President Obama a formal request to begin the process by which federal aid can be sent to Kentucky.
Kentucky authorities continued aggressive efforts in storm-damaged communities on Tuesday, with emphasis being placed on assessing the extent of the destruction, Gov. Beshear said.
Damage assessment teams – including representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as state and local emergency management officials – are on the ground in several of the affected counties.
These assessments will continue for several days, Gov. Beshear said.
Getting a firm number on how many homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged to the point they are uninhabitable is critical information needed to help communities get assistance in rebuilding.
“I want to reassure our citizens that we are bringing every possible resource – federal, state and local – to bear on storm recovery,” Gov. Beshear said.
For media updates, contact the Commonwealth Joint Information Center at 502-607-6901, 502-607-6903, or 502-607-6904. Additional safety tips and disaster specific information can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) website at www.kyem.ky.gov.
Information provided by Pam Spencer
(Photo courtesy of Kentucky National Guard, Public Affairs)
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