Alabama helps those affected by tornado outbreak in Kentucky—how to get involved

American Red Cross
Help those affected by the historic tornado outbreak. Photo via American Red Cross’s Facebook

On December 10 and 11, a swarm of tornadoes tore a 200-mile path through the US Midwest and South including Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. Here’s how Alabama nonprofits are helping those affected by the tornado event and how you can help, too. 

About the weather event

American Red Cross
Aftermath of a swarm of tornadoes that hit several states in December 2021. Photo via American Red Cross’s Facebook

With more dozens dead and thousands of homes destroyed, the historic tornado event that took place Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 was deemed one of the most devastating weather events in Kentucky’s history.

What caused the disastrous event? 

  • Unusually high temperatures and humidity
  • A series of overnight thunderstorms including a super cell storm that formed in Northeast Arkansas that moved to Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The Numbers

Power Outage Map
Power outage stats via power outage.us

According to poweroutage.us, on Saturday, December 11, those without power included 99,000 in Kentucky and 71,000 in Tennessee.

According to poweroutage.us, As of Monday, December 13 at 10:30AM, these numbers are showing decreased numbers: 

  • Arkansas: 2,121
  • Kentucky: 26,935
  • Missouri: 314
  • Tennessee: 8,221

According to a media advisory on Monday, December 13 from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) who is the nation’s second largest power system, power has been restored to more than half of those initially affected by the storm that caused:

According to a media advisory on Monday, December 13 from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) who is the nation’s second largest power system, power has been restored to more than half of those initially affected by the storm that caused:

Here’s who’s helping and how you can, too:

Red Cross
Support the American Red Cross through blood donation. Photo via Pat Byington for The Bama Buzz

American Red Cross

How they are helping: “We’re moving as quickly as we can to get our volunteers, supplies and help to the hardest hit areas. With such widespread damage, we know families will need support for weeks to come and the Red Cross will be there.” – Annette Rowland, Regional Director of Communications & Marketing, American Red Cross of Alabama & Mississippi

How you can help: Make a financial donation | Make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to the number 90999 | Schedule a blood donation appointment

Salvation Army

How they are helping: Salvation Army has set up a disaster relief fund and is preparing to dispatch mobile kitchens that can serve 5,000 to 1,500 meals per day to the survivors and first responders in the affected areas. 

How you can help: Donate | Call 800.725.2769

United Way of Central Alabama

How they are helping: United Way of Central Alabama is working with United Way of Kentucky (UWKY) to help families impacted by the tornadoes of December 10 and 11 by raising monetary funds. 100% of donations received by UWKY go directly to recovery efforts.

How you can help: Make a monetary donation.

More places to give:

How are you planning to help the victims of this weekend’s storms? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know.

Patience Itson
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