FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday accepted $30,000 from the government of Taiwan to help the state recover from recent tornadoes and storms.
At a news conference, Beshear thanked Taiwan for "an unexpected gift of money, compassion and concern from many miles away."
This year is the 30th anniversary of a sister-state relationship between Kentucky and Taiwan, the governor said. Taiwan gave $20,000 in June after severe weather hit the state last spring, he said.
A $30,000 check was presented to Beshear by Anna Kao, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.
"We are confident that Kentucky will come back strong," Kao said.
The money will go to Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or KyVOAD, a statewide network of faith-based and nonprofit response groups, Beshear said. It works with the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency.