Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard delivering record number of meals in wake of ice storm

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 05, 2009  
Contact Information:  Col. Phil Miller
Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Guard
502-607-1556, cell 502-229-3258

FRANKFORT, KY - - Kentucky National Guard troops are delivering record numbers of meals and bottled water as part of the relief effort supporting citizens affected by last week's ice storm.

"This is a huge undertaking on the part of the Kentucky Guard," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky. "Our Citizen-Soldiers have delivered more than 450,000 meals so far to local communities and we are on schedule to bring in 285,000 meals every day in the foreseeable future."

In addition to the meals, nearly a million bottles of water have been handed out in regions where residents have no access to clean water. A half million bottles of water are now coming in on a daily basis.

"We are working around the clock to get critical supplies to the citizens of Kentucky," added Tonini. "There is nothing more important than making sure everyone has food and water and a way to keep warm."

Four thousand Kentucky National Guard troops remain on duty, removing debris and running communications sites in addition to delivering essential supplies. Most of the effort is in Western Kentucky where dozens of communities remain without power.

Restoration of electric power to water plants, communications facilities, shelters and homes remains a top priority. Troops are working with state and local crews in clearing road and gaining access to damaged power transmission lines.

Wellness checks remain a top priority for Kentucky Guard troops. Eighty-nine of Kentucky's 120 counties have been cleared or do not require assistance.

For high resolution photographs of Kentucky's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen performing their winter storm mission, visit: