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First Lady Jill Biden visits Kentucky neighborhood struck by tornado

First Lady Jill Biden was in Western Kentucky on Friday
Karyn Czar
First Lady Jill Biden was in Western Kentucky on Friday

Exactly five weeks ago tornadoes ripped through Kentucky, leaving 77 people dead and paths of destruction that stretched for miles. Just days
after the deadly storms, President Joe Biden visited Dawson Springs and Mayfield and vowed that the federal government would be “in this for the long haul.” On Friday, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden echoed
that promise.

“Since then, you have never left our thoughts. As we held our holiday dinner, as we said our Christmas prayers the families of Kentucky were on our minds.” Biden said, “Today at the start of MLK Day weekend, a time that we come together to serve in our own ways helping build Dr. King’s loving community, I want you to know that we are going to keep that promise.”

Biden first walked along a decimated street in the
Creekwood Neighborhood of Bowling Green and met with families whose homes are destroyed. She was joined by Governor Andy Beshear, First Lady
Britainy Beshear, local officials and lawmakers and FEMA representatives.

She then toured a vacant department store at the
Greenwood Mall that has been turned into a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. There donated items are sorted and put out for families affected by the storms. They can pick up anything from clothing to housewares to toys. Food and water are also available as well as medical staff where residents can discuss mental and other health issues. And most importantly for many, FEMA representatives are on-hand to answer questions and help people navigate the application process for FEMA
disaster relief funds and other services.

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.