The American Red Cross remains in northeast Nebraska to help families affected by the tornadoes on June 16th and 17th transition into the recovery process. Many families have located transitional housing and have moved out of a Red Cross shelter, all Red Cross shelters are closed.
Residents who have unmet needs can call a well-trained Red Cross caseworker at the Red Cross office in Wayne; there, families will work with the Red Cross create individual recovery plans. 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.
American Red Cross Office
106 West 3rd St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Since the storms past two weeks ago, 200 individuals have stayed in a Red Cross shelter where they had a safe place to sleep, a hot meal and a shoulder to lean on. Nearly 130 Red Cross volunteers have served nearly 25,500 meals, snacks and beverages and five (5) Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV’s) continue to deliver meals to workers and residents in rural areas.
Trained Red Cross volunteers remain in the area. Local officials report there remains a need for untrained volunteers from the general public in specific locations.
Stanton County—There is still a lot of debris in the fields that needs to be cleaned up. Volunteers interested in helping need to check in at the Stanton County Courthouse between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. where they will receive a location and assignment. Groups of individuals who want to help need to call (402) 658-5060 in advance.
Pilger—Individuals who want to help recovery efforts in Pilger must check in at the Pool/Park area between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.. Volunteers can also call (402) 833-1515.
HOW TO HELP:
Many generous businesses and individuals have donated supplies that local authorities are attempting to distribute at multiple locations including a distribution site in Wisner. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and local officials are asking that NO MORE material goods be donated at this time. Handling and storage of excess items can create additional work and burden. The public is asked to wait for word from officials as to whether anything more will be needed.
The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who wants to assist following this devastating disaster. The best way you can help those who have been impacted 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.