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Kassy Scales: Do what you can to help victims of disaster

By Kassy Scales
Gallatin County 4-H
updated: 12/17/2021 1:13 PM

Our hearts go out to those affected by the tornadoes last Friday night. Many of us have friends and family who have been impacted by these devastating storms.

Individuals and groups have quickly come together to aid the towns in need. Many of our local first responders including fire departments, search and rescue as well as emergency management officials have gone to assist in what ways they can. For some it is their area of expertise, others have brought supplies.

Many in our county were affected by the tornado in February of 2012, and our community can empathize with those who have endured this catastrophic event.

Most lists of requested supplies emphasize water, tarps, trash bags, totes, gloves, diapers, personal hygiene products, baby formula and monetary donations.

For those who have been in similar shoes, think back to what you needed most, and consider donating to a group already involved.

For those who went to West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs -- it survived!

While much of Dawson Springs was destroyed, the camp itself had minimal damage. According to Kentucky Extension, the camp is awaiting inspection and once the cabins have passed inspection, will be used to temporarily house displaced residents.

For those who would like to know what they can do to prepare their household for a weather emergency consider visiting

Officer training

Are you a 4-H Club officer or interested in being one? Join us for the 2022 4-H Officer Training. This fun, educational experience features an overview of each office, how to make meetings fun, and breakouts for specialized training by role, including president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter/historian, and recreation officer. The training is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, via Zoom. Register today, at

Food security

4-H is investing in the next generation of food access leaders to help promote food security in their communities. Youth who are ready to do more to help food security and create positive change in our community are encouraged to apply.

These grants are to help start programs to provide food access. For example, do you have an idea for a mobile food pantry, or a summer backpack food program for students? Applications are open now through Jan. 7. Learn more and apply at

Dates to remember

Dec. 22: Out of Office

Jan. 6: 4-H Officer Training on Zoom.

Jan. 7: Illinois 4-H Food Advocacy Grand Application deadline.

• To learn more about 4-H in Illinois and Gallatin County email U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, email Kassy. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

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