January Ice Storm — How you can help


As news of the ice storm and its drastic effects on Kentucky and parts of Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee, spread in our offices, the common question was "How can we help?" Over the next days and weeks as a staff and magazine, we’ll do everything we can to keep readers and travelers updated on progress in those areas touched by the storms.

In this effort, we ask for your help as well.

As news comes to you, please let us know by posting comments at the bottom of this blog post. What restaurants and grocery stores are open? What community projects are starting up? Where can families find aid and relief? Any pertinent information that people in these areas would benefit by knowing, post it. Also, if you read of any info relevant to your family and friends in these towns, consider calling them and letting them know. With such a storm, internet service is likely down. Sources tells us cell phones are your best bet.


  1. stormtrooper costume

    Wow, that sounds and looks intense. I hope everyone is doing ok after all of that. You’d think we’d have technologies that could overcome that stuff by now.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm
  2. Erin Street

    Mail carriers in 35 counties will be delivering 600,000 fliers, warning victims of the ice storm not to eat peanut butter products from their emergency meal kits due to concerns about Salmonella.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
  3. A little too late

    It’s going to be in the high 60s tomorrow. This short-lived storm is over.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 am
  4. Ryan Wallace

    Hi folks. My name is Ryan. I work here at Southern Living, but I was born and raised in Cadiz in West Kentucky, I’ve been following the storm and getting info from my parents, who are still without power down on Lake Barkley. For those readers in the WKY region, wkdzradio.com has some great information and pics of the storm and damage. You can also listen at 106.5 FM in the Lakes region. You can contact them for ways to donate your time or resources: (270) 522-3232.
    I talked to my mom last night. She said the number of folks in the Red Cross shelter at Trigg County High School has decreased during the past few days. That is a good sign. She reported that the cleanup effort is now underway and the true community spirit of Cadiz is shining through, with people coming out to volunteer a helping hand.
    I called Patti’s in Grand Rivers. They said that they had power, but because of the”boil water” edict, they could not open right now. They wanted to let people know they are taking reservations for Valentine’s Day and hope to be open by Feb. 10. For anyone looking to escape the stress of the storm for a few hours, I can’t think of a better way to do it than Patti’s Flowerpot Bread and that amazing pork chop!
    Also, I would love to hear some personal stories from our readers about their experience through all of this–especially any great tales of humanity and heroism they witnessed through this ordeal.
    If anyone out there in other areas (North Central KY, Arkansas, TN, etc.) has helpful information or great stories for your region, please share them.
    Please know that we at SL are thinking about you guys.

    February 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

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