Officials Urge Kentuckians to Document Damages
As Kentuckians begin cleaning up after the storms that ripped through the Commonwealth on Friday, officials urge those who have suffered property damage to photograph the damage, save any repair receipts and report damages to their local county emergency director and insurance provider.
Documenting property damage can save you time and money in addition to making your insurance claim process smoother and quicker. Consumers with questions about an insurance claim process or those who have not been able to reach anyone from their insurer should call the Department of Insurance toll-free number at 800-595-6053 for assistance.
To date, Friday's storms have claimed 22 lives in Kentucky.
Forty-seven counties were affected by the storms with 19 having reported tornado activity. Twenty-eight counties declared local States of Emergency and Gov. Beshear declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth. The Public Service Commission is reporting 5,562 customers without power.
KYEM has received numerous calls from private citizens and businesses who want to offer assistance to those hit by severe storms Friday. Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians the best type of disaster donations is cash. Making a cash donation ensures the proper supplies can be purchased for disaster victims. To make a cash donation for disaster victims, please visit www.kyem.ky.gov.
Officials continue to remind Kentuckians, if you do not need to be on the road, avoid travel to impacted areas. Excess traffic hinders emergency response crews from clearing roadways and recovery efforts.
Officials again remind Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper use of generators and alternate heat sources. Safety tips for these and other health related messages can be found on the KYEM current disaster page at http://kyem.ky.gov/currentdisasters/Pages/StormSafetyTips.aspx.
Submitted by Terry Hunt, Butler County Emergency Management Director