03-28-2012

Beshear announces $30,000 donation from Taiwan for recent tornado relief

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a $30,000 donation from the government of Taiwan to help communities recover from recent tornado and storms in numerous Kentucky counties. The gift will be donated to the Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster or KyVOAD to assist in its disaster relief efforts in Kentucky.

“I am pleased to receive this token of esteem from the Taiwanese government to help with restoration efforts after recent devastating storms that hit many areas of the Commonwealth,” Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “The generosity they have shown in our time of need will help our local communities repair the effects of this natural disaster.”

During the announcement, the governor was joined by representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office located in Atlanta.

“On behalf of the government of the Republic of China, my colleagues and I of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta would like to express our deepest sympathy for the recent human and property devastation caused by tornadoes in your great state,” Anna A. Kao, director general of the office, said. “In the spirit of friendship exemplified by the mutually beneficial 30-year sister state relationship between Kentucky and Taiwan, we would like to contribute $30,000 for relief and restoration efforts.”

Deadly storms and tornadoes tore through Kentucky on Feb. 29 and March 2. Twenty-four Kentuckians lost their lives and hundreds of homes were destroyed by the storms. Beshear quickly declared a state of emergency, and teams from FEMA remain in Kentucky to coordinate relief with local officials.

Taiwanese officials donated $20,000 in June to Beshear and the American Red Cross Chapter in Louisville after severe storms hit Kentucky in late April and early May 2011, causing widespread damage and flooding in more than half the state’s counties.