President Biden visits Kentucky, pledges federal aid to help tornado victims

President Joe Biden made visits to Mayfield and Dawson Springs Wednesday to witness the storm damage firsthand and offer support to those in need after deadly tornadoes ravished through the western part of the state over the weekend.

Biden said he signed an order approving a request from Gov. Andy Beshear providing some much-needed federal aid to the Commonwealth.

“I just approved a request from the governor that will cover 100 percent of the cost for the first 30 days of all the emergency work, including debris removal, overtime for law enforcement and emergency service personnel, and shelter,” Biden said.

The president also spoke about the need to provide mental health relief, saying that natural disasters can cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

“FEMA has mobile recovery centers both in Mayfield and Dawson Springs,” Biden said. “We’re here to help you get through this.”

Biden also stressed the need to help Kentucky residents understand the options available to them in terms of state and federal aid, urging victims to visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA.

“To all the families here: Keep the faith. We’re going to get this done, I promise you. The governor’s not walking away, your county judge is not walking away, your congressman isn’t walking away, no one’s walking away. We’re in this for the long haul,” Biden concluded.

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