Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is traveling to through counties in eastern Kentucky hit by severe weather to deliver supplies and assist with the relief effort.

Grimes is being accompanied by a group that includes the director of the state board of elections and business filings, who are meeting with county clerks and business owners to assess damage and formulate a plan to help in the long-term recovery.

The secretary of state says they are evaluating how to best assist area businesses in reopening their doors, ensure that our county clerks are prepared for upcoming elections and help restore school systems.

“Right now, we must ensure that citizens who were impacted by last Friday’s tornadoes have the essentials—food, shelter, clothing—available to them,” said Grimes. “But we are also mindful that assistance will be needed well into the future, as affected Kentuckians work to rebuild their lives.