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December 13, 2021 | Library Staff

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Resources

Here at McCracken County Public Library, we’re looking for resources to get the word out on how we can help our neighbors affected by the deadly tornado that swept through Western Kentucky on the night of December 10th.  

We’re also compiling information on how to help those who need shelter, food, and other items during this time. The information we have found has been distributed by the Paducah SunWPSDKentuckians For The Commonwealth, and the Facebook pages for the Chamber of Commerce for both Paducah and Mayfield.  

The best online resource right now for Mayfield residents is here: https://www.mayfieldstrong.com/

For online applications to any housing or disaster assistance services, such as FEMA, the library can help! We have a free computer lab that you can access with or without a library card, and we offer tech help. We also have a courtesy phone in our Kentucky Avenue lobby, faxing and printing capabilities, charging stations, and free WiFi throughout our building.

We will update these lists as we learn more. Updated 1/12/2022 2:30 PM

The Fulton County Transit Authority (FCTA) is offering free transportation for tornado survivors in Fulton and Graves County. Call 270-472-0662 and click here for more information from WPSD.

For those needing a place to stay: 

The Red Cross has set up shelters at the following locations, and will provide food. 

  • First Methodist Church, 100 Church St. Hickman, KY 42050 – Call Justin Jackson at 270-254-0261 
  • Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 334 Lebanon St, Wingo, KY 42088 – Call Pastor RB Mays at 270-983-0333 
  • The Way Center, 449 Lebanon Street, Wingo, KY, 42088 – Call Pastor Ike Murphy at 270-564-0699 
  • Knights of Columbus Hall in Fancy Farm, 20 KY Hwy 39 Fancy Farm, KY 42039 – Call Commissioner Todd Hayden at 270-705-1051 
  • Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003 – Call Pastor Hank Garner at 704-699-3473 

Other locations providing shelter include the following. Many locations are providing food. 

Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau shared this list of available lodging in the Paducah area for people “displaced from their homes in Mayfield, neighbors without power, or any of the many groups arriving in town such as emergency responders, media, The National Guard, and more.”

The Washington Street Warming Center, Washington Street Baptist Church (WSBC), 739 Washington Street, Paducah, KY 42001, 270-442-8033 

*Ceglinski Animal Clinic, 5401 Blandville Rd, free housing for displaced pets, 270-554-0171 

*CCW Reptiles sheltering displaced exotic pets, 270-556-8218

*River Retrieval Kennels LLC 5796 Old Mayfield Rd, offering housing for displaced pets 270-556-4433 

Bardwell/Carlisle County

Bardwell Baptist Church, 323 US-51, Bardwell, KY 42023, 270-628-3645  

Benton/Marshall County:  

Long-term sheltering, call Marshall County Sherriff dispatch, 270-527-1333 


Lyon County Covention Center, 1677 State Hwy 3305 S, Eddyville, KY 42038, 270-388-2064 

Dawson Springs:  

Dawson Springs High School, 317 Eli Street, Dawson Springs, KY 42408, 270-797-2957 

Fancy Farm

St. Jerome Church, 20 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY 42039, 270-623-8181 


Kenlake State Resort, 542 Kenlake Rd, Hardin, KY 42048, 270-474-2211 

Mayfield/Graves County

Graves County High School, 1220 Eagles Way, Mayfield, KY 42066, 270-328-6242 

Mayfield High School, 700 Douthitt St. Mayfield, KY 42066, 270-247-4461 

Northside Baptist Church, 611 W Lockridge St, Mayfield, KY, 270-247-4861 

Open Door Baptist Church, 4901 KY-303, Mayfield, KY 42066 


CFSB Center at Murray State University, 1401 KY-121, Murray, KY 42071, 270-809-5577


Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 334 Lebanon St, Wingo, KY 42088, 270-376-2868 

Cleanup Services for victims

Crisis Cleanup Hotline – call 800-451-1954 

FEMA – call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) 

  • The Dawson Springs FEMA center is located at First Baptist Church, 960 Industrial Park Rd.
  • The Mayfield FEMA center is located at the old Walmart parking lot,1102 Paris Rd

Haynes Facility Maintenance – Graves and Marshall Counties, call or text 270-562-0142 or 270-493-0138 

True Line Roofing – call 270-906-5005 or 270-978-0239 

Corinth Tree Service from Mississippi is available to help with tree damage cleanup. Call 662-603-1704.

Per KFTC: Green Way Roofing Solutions LLC (270-991-4893, 270-551-9481) and HomePro (270-202-0858, 270-783-1000 will tarp your roof at no cost regardless of insurance.

Free meals: 

Benton – Woodmen Life Building, 1005 Poplar St, Benton, KY, 270-527-8002 

Central Elementary Gym, 2262 KY-121, Mayfield, KY 42066, 270-328-4900 

Graves County Schools are serving meals at the following locations beginning 12/13/21:

  • Wingo Elementary, 449 Lebanon St, Wingo, KY, 270-328-4870
  • Fancy Farm Elementary, 270 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY, 270-328-4820
  • Symsonia Elementary, 11730 KY-131, Symsonia, KY, 270-851-3231
  • Breakfast served 7:00-9:00am, Lunch served 11:00am-1:00pm

Marshall County: Free breakfast and lunch, Mondays – Fridays at 7 AM, River Outreach Ministry in Mike Miller Park, 596 US Highway 68 W, Benton.

Mayfield – His House Ministries, 1250 KY-303, Mayfield, KY 42066: 4 PM – 6 PM starting Monday 12/13 

Mayfield Food Preparation and Distribution Center, 1104 Paris Road, Mayfield, KY 42066 

Mayfield McDonald’s, 1006 Cuba Rd, per West Kentucky Star, is giving out free food from 10 AM to 2:30 PM until December 17th.

Mayfield Meals That Matter/Tysons Food disaster relief trailer at Walmart Supercenter, 1225 Paris Rd, 270-247-0358

Mayfield O’Charley’s food truck, 1102 Paris Rd, per West Kentucky Star, will be serving food Tuesday, 12/14, beginning at 6 AM.

*Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter is giving out free dog and cat food. 500 N 12th St, Mayfield, KY 42066, 270-251-0130


  • Gas for generators 
  • Gas Cans 
  • Flashlights 
  • Head lamps 
  • Batteries 
  • Tarps, duct tape, plastic sheeting, zip ties 
  • Candles  
  • Lighters/matches 
  • Work/Utility Gloves 
  • Water 
  • Socks 
  • Undergarments 
  • Blankets 
  • Coats 
  • Warm Clothes 
  • Shoes 
  • Toiletry Items 
  • Baby formula 
  • Food that doesn’t have to be cooked 
  • Paper plates/plastic food utensils/cups
  • Cash or Gift Cards 
  • Phone chargers  
  • Battery packs 
  • Pet food 
  • Diapers and wipes 
  • Tampons/Pads 

These businesses are taking item donations. This list is subject to change, but we will try to keep it updated as much as possible. Please call these locations beforehand to check what items are most in need, but most locations will take any item listed above: 

Ballard County:

Kevil City Hall, 1009 Clyde M Elrod Ave, Kevil, KY, 270-462-3104

Benton/Marshall County:  

God’s Promises, at 1300 Main Street, Benton, KY, 270-703-2499 

Marcella’s Kitchen 868 Guy Mathis Rd. Benton KY (no number listed)

Marshall County Elks Lodge 97 Kashway Ln, Benton, KY 270-703-2706 

Marshall County Exceptional Center (NO CLOTHING) 198 Old Symsonia Rd, Benton, KY 270-252-6530 

Stepstone Family and Youth Serivces, 78 Caky Dr, Benton, KY, 270-527-8388 

Woodmen Life Building in Benton collecting and distributing food, gift cards, water, and other necessities (M-Thurs 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) 1005 Poplar St, Benton, KY, 270-527-8002

Mayfield/Graves County:

Anything Goes Trading Company, (asking for food, clothes, toiletries, and bottled water) 41 Baldree Road, Boaz, KY, 270-856-4800

Central Elementary Gym (Family Resource Center Headquarters) – not accepting clothing (8 AM – 5 PM), 270-328-4900

Mayfield Eagles Club, 2207 State Route 1276 (no number listed) 

Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds, 1004 KY-121, Mayfield, KY 42066

Indepedence Bank, 100 E College St, Mayfield, KY 42066, 270-705-1776


AAA Stow-A-Way, LLC, in Paducah, Mayfield, and Metropolis, Illinois are taking donations at all locations.

Barrel & Bond, 100 Broadway St., 270-442-2663 

Coad Toyota Paducah, 3941 Mike Smith Dr, 270-408-6453

Community Kitchen, 1237 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, 270-575-3400

Customer Service Desk inside the Kentucky Oaks Mall (non-perishable items only), 5101 Hinkleville Rd, 270-444-0440

Downtown Classic Tattoo, 109 Markethouse Square, 270-557-7928

Dry Ground Brewing Company, 3121 Broadway St, 270-201-2096 

Etcetera Coffee, 320 N 6th St, 270-443-7760  

First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway St, 270-442-2728 

Hancock’s of Paducah (asking for clean quilts and blankets in good condition) 3841 Hinkleville Rd, 800-845-8723

Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Dr, 270-534-1400

Jackson House (only canned goods, masks and hand sanitizer), 301 S 9th St, 270-442-7591

The Johnson Bar, 133 S. 3rd St., 270-557-7594 

Kentucky Addiction Centers, 148 Stuart Nelson Park Road, 270-908-2681

Lone Oak Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road, 270-554-1441 

Lotus, (asking for Walmart/Kroger/Visa gift cards, bottled water and juice, non-perishable snacks, new blankets, new toys and stuffed animals) 1605 North Friendship Road, 270-534-4422

Maiden Alley Cinema, (asking for toys, gift cards, hygiene products, “stuffed Christmas stockings”), 112 Maiden Alley, 270-442-7723

McCracken County School District (all schools) are taking different donations on different days. Please click here for more info.

Nutrition Zone, 3160 Parisa Drive, 270-210-5612

Orkin Pest Control, 1732 Bridge St., 877-250-1652

Paducah Beer Werks, 301 N 4th St, 270-933-1265 

Paducah Police Department, 1400 Broadway, 270-444-8550

Paducah Shooter’s Supply, 3919 Cairo Rd, 270-443-3758 

Tree Climbers Boutique (asking for baby items, clothes, blankets, gloves, lights, and batteries), 1428 Broadway St, 270-709-3042

WB Sanders Retirement Center, (only canned goods, masks and hand sanitizer) 820 Washington St, 270-442-7591

Per the Paducah Sun:

State Police has received information from the National Insurance Crime Bureau to help those affected by tornadoes ensure they are using legitimate contractors for cleanup and repair. If homeowners suspect fraud during the rebuilding process, authorities said they should contact their insurer, local law enforcement and the NICB (800-TEL-NICB).

State police shared tips to avoid contractor fraud, provided by the NICB, which include:

• Get more than one estimate. Never let a contractor pressure you into hiring them.

• Work only with licensed and insured contractors.

• Demand references and check them.

• Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license and write down the driver’s license number and their vehicle’s license plate number.

• Get a contract in writing. It should include cost, time schedules, payment schedules, guarantees, work to be done and other expectations that should be detailed.

• Never sign a contract with blanks as these could be filled in later without your knowledge.

• Never pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificate until the work is done and ensure reconstruction is up to current code.

The Kentucky Attorney General also shares this information on scams being reported in the area.

Volunteer opportunities:

Urgent need for Spanish translators in Mayfield! See more information from WKMS here.

Emergency Management is using Catalyst Church of Mayfield, 114 Kings Drive, as an emergency hub for volunteers and coordinating efforts to bus volunteers to areas of need. 270-247-5599

Calvert City: Marshall County High School and volunteers will be shuttled to their locations. Parking will be between the football field and basketball gym. Shuttles will begin transport at 7 AM.

WPSD reports there is an urgent food service, housekeeping, and maintenance volunteering need at Kentucky Dam Village and with the Kentucky State Parks. Send an email to [email protected]. You can also call Kentucky Dam Village at 270-362-4271, and Kenlake State Resort Park at 270-474-2211.

They also report that the Kentucky State Police provided this number for those who want to volunteer: 270-216-0903 or visit kentuckystatepolice.org/westernky-relief.

We will continue updating this list as we find out more information, and provide updates. Please know that as a public library we are here for our community and neighbors! Check our Facebook page for updates on services we provide during this difficult time. Please call us if you have any questions at 270-442-2510, or if you have suggestions for this list. We are here to help!

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

Per the West Kentucky Workforce:

Purchase District Health Department is reminding portable generator users the importance of Carbon Monoxide Safety! See the PDF below on how to spot signs of carbon monoxide poisioning and more.