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'Cajun Navy' on the Ground to Aid Those Hit by Devastating Storms in Kentucky, Establishing SAFE Camp

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The Cajun Navy Ground Force, which was part of the relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Ida, has deployed to Kentucky to offer support for the victims of the devastating tornadoes there over the weekend.

Four tornadoes plowed through the state and others killing at least 64 in Kentucky, though Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday morning 105 remain unaccounted for, Fox News reported.

The town of Mayfield in the western part of the Blue Grass State was among the hardest hit.

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Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan said the city of approximately 10,000 is without water or power and the natural gas lines have been turned off because of so many leaks. The water tower was knocked down by the tornado, she said.

“So we have no resources,” O’Nan told NBC’s “Today” show. “The resources are gonna take a long time to be restored here.”

The Cajun Navy said on its Facebook page that an advance team arrived in Mayfield Sunday night.

“Our team has converged from six states to setup our SAFE Camp (Swift Action Force Emergency Camp) at Walmart located at 1225 Paris Rd in Mayfield, KY. This will be our base where we will go into various communities in need,” Cajun Navy founder Rob Gaudet said in a statement to Patriot Project.

“We will run hot shots, do supply delivers, offload and distribute supplies and feed the public. We will organize, feed and train volunteers, provide communication and collaboration capabilities for nonprofits working together to serve the greater community,” he added.

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Following Hurricane Ida in September, the group set up a SAFE camp in Houma, Louisiana, where they distributed water, non-perishable foods, batteries and cleaning supplies.

 

The Cajun Navy says they will also be teaming up with the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife to assist in debris removal.

Are you encouraged by the support the Cajun Navy is offering?

The Cajun Navy is looking for volunteers.

Cajun Navy director of operations Stacy Parker emphasized in a Monday evening call with Patriot Project that beyond volunteers to help at the SAFE Camp, they need people who “have equipment, chainsaws, skid steers. These are these are things that community directors and community leaders over the last couple of days have told us specifically that there is a huge need for tractors.”

Those who would like to volunteer or storm victims who need assistance can learn more here.

Those who would like to help financially can donate here.

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