President Joe Biden is planning to visit Kentucky this week after a string of tornadoes ravaged the state over the weekend, leaving dozens of people dead.
According to USA Today, on Wednesday (Dec. 15), the POTUS will visit Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for a storm briefing. He will also survey storm damage in Dawson Springs and Mayfield, Kentucky. “We’re going to get this done,” he told reporters. “We’re going to be there as long as it takes to help.”
More than 30 tornadoes ripped through Kentucky and several other states, including Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, on Friday (Dec. 10) and Saturday (Dec. 11). However, Kentucky was affected the worst and Governor Andy Beshear said they were hit with the deadliest tornado in the state’s history. On Monday (Dec. 13), the governor said that so far, 64 people were dead and 105 people were still unaccounted for. He also stated that it may be weeks before the final death count is known.
Over the weekend, Biden offered his condolences to those who lost their lives in the deadly storms. “I want folks in all these states to know we’re going to get through this,” he said. “We’re going to get through this together and the federal government is not going to walk away.”
“This is one of those times when we aren’t Democrats or Republicans. Sounds like hyperbole, but it’s real. We’re all Americans,” Biden added.
The president deployed search and rescue teams, emergency response personnel, water and other supplies to residents in the Midwest. “I’ve also requested that FEMA offer additional federal resources, including help with temporary housing, where homes have been wiped out or too badly damaged to live in,” he said. “And I also asked [the] FEMA Director to let the states know that they may not be aware of what they may be entitled to because they don’t necessarily know all that’s available.”