Norfolk, NEB., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter, comfort and care to more than 100 northeast Nebraska families impacted by tornados in 6 counties on June 16 and 17. Shelters are operating at:
Wakefield Community Schools
802 Highland Street
Wakefield, NE 68784
Northeast Community College, Burkhardt Hall
801 E. Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
Five (5) American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) and almost 100 Red Cross volunteers have served more than 19,000 meals, snacks and beverages. Caseworkers are actively meeting with families to create individual recovery plans.
The Red Cross is one of many community partners at Wisner Fire Hall that are part of the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). The MARC provides an easy, one-stop shop atmosphere where affected families are able to visit with multiple agencies to receive a combination of services. The MARC will include representatives from: All Hands Volunteers, American Red Cross, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, League of Human Dignity, NE Nebraska Economic Development District, Nebraska Health & Human Services, Nebraska Respite Network, The Salvation Army, USDA Office of Rural Development (Fri/Sat), Veteran's Services (Thurs). On Thursday, affected families may visit with caseworkers between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at:
Wisner Fire Hall
1055 Avenue “D”
Wisner, NE 68791
American Red Cross Office
106 West 3rd St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Red Cross caseworkers may be requested to come to any family that is unable to come in for services. Please call the Wayne Red Cross office at (402) 375-5209 to schedule an appointment.
Additional assistance to affected families in northeast Nebraska includes distribution of goods and materials donated by the public. Families are reminded to go to the donation centers at the Wisner Auditorium, 1001 Avenue D, 402-833-1515 OR if more convenient, distribution is available at the VFW Post 3602, 1106 Veterans Avenue in Stanton, 402-439-2113. Both centers have a wide variety of items including:
Wayne and Dixon County--Report to the Wakefield Fire Hall, 405 Main St. between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily until further notice. Suggested minimum age of volunteers is 19 years, or bring parental consent if younger.
Cedar County—Report to Coleridge Community Center 111 S. Main St. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. except Sunday, 11:00 a.m. late start. Report to Laurel-Concord Public School 502 Wakefield St. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A volunteer hotline has been established to help match volunteers with those in need: call 2-1-1 or 866-813-1731. Homeowners needing help, call (402) 283-9111 with details of need and where volunteers are needed.
Wakefield— Report to Wakefield Fire Hall at 405 Main St. between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily.
Call the hotline if you have donations or if you are a homeowner in need of assistance. The number is (402) 287-2574. Volunteers who have equipment or who can offer specialized skills, such as chainsaw and heavy equipment operation, or with trucks and trailers to haul debris, are asked to call the hotline, as well.
Pilger—Highway 15 and the Village of Pilger are open. There is a curfew in force. Volunteers must check in and receive badge at the Pool/Park area. The former volunteer processing center at Wisner-Pilger Jr./Sr. High is now closed and the school has returned to normal operations
HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who wants to assist following this devastating disaster. As families are allowed to return home, compassionate Red Cross disaster workers will meet with them to determine their exact needs. The best way you can help those who have been impacted now, is to make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. These donations will allow us to immediately help families replace items that they lost, like specific clothing sizes or critical medications.
Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nebraska/SW Iowa Region
Contact: Liz Dorland
Office: (402) 343-7762
Cell: (402) 689-683