State government, local businesses coming up with ways to help those in need
With the damage left behind in the wake of the storm system, swift actions are being taken everywhere to get help where it's needed.
Governor Steve Beshear signed a consumer protection executive order at the request of Attorney General Jack Conway to implement Kentucky's price-gouging laws statewide as of Friday, March 2. The executive order will allow for investigation into any complaints of price gouging that may occur relative to gas, building supplies, hotels and other goods and services in the aftermath of the weekend's storms.
He also signed an order Saturday that allows Kentuckians displaced by Friday's storms to get up to a 30-day supply of needed medicines from a pharmacist. It's the first time such an order has been issued. This order will not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.
Beshear is asking the federal government to expedite aid. the governor said Sunday that he has "no doubt" that the state suffered enough damage to qualify for federal aid in the wake of the tornadoes. The state has already deployed almost 400 National Guard troops to help the hardest-hit areas.
If you want to help, channels to do so are being created right now. Several organizations are coming together to form drop off points where people can donate items in need. Locations in Prestonsburg include City Hall, the county clerk's office, and the studios of Q95 FM. A tractor trailer has set up in the old Save a Lot parking lot in Prestonsburg, and will accept donations of baby formula, non-perishable food items, as well as personal hygiene items, diapers and more from 3:00 today through 3:00 Thursday.
As you can imagine, at times like this blood is desperately needed, and the Kentucky Blood Center will be collecting life-saving blood during a drive tomorrow at Johnson Central High School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To find mout more information call 793-4977.