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The American Red Cross Supporting Beaver Crossing Residents

Nebraska Beaver Crossing Tornado
“In addition to distributing necessary items, trained Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting with homeowners to develop an individual recovery plan,” said Jill Orton, Regional Disaster Officer.

OMAHA, NEB., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – The American Red Cross is proud to partner with more than a dozen community agencies including The Salvation Army, United Methodists, Nebraska VOAD and Veteran’s Services to deliver clean-up supplies to residents of Beaver Crossing. Beginning at 1:00 this afternoon, four Red Cross emergency vehicles will be in the Village of Beaver Crossing to hand out work gloves, comfort kits, coolers with filled with ice, water and snacks.

“In addition to distributing necessary items, trained Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting with homeowners to develop an individual recovery plan,” said Jill Orton, Regional Disaster Officer.

A multi-agency resource center has been established at the Methodist Church in Beaver Crossing. There residents can meet one-on-one with all of the partnering agencies and can get answers to additional questions that they may have.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the key activity in Beaver Crossing is debris removal, adding that an Emergency Volunteer Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at the Old Gymnasium in Utica (Fourth and F Streets). This center will be used to register and assign any volunteers willing to assist with general cleanup following the tornado in the Beaver Crossing area. To volunteer, you must be at least 19 years old.

For those interested in volunteering, NEMA requests volunteers please bring or wear the following:

  • Driver’s License or other government photo I.D.
  • Boots or sturdy leather shoes (No tennis shoes, flip flops or sandals)
  • Long pants
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing to work outdoors
  • If available, safety glasses and/or ear protection.
  • Volunteers are asked to bring rakes or silage forks or hand tools. However, if you bring power tools and fuel you MUST report directly to the Beaver Crossing Fire Station as they can’t be put on the buses from Utica to Beaver Crossing.
  • Family members who want to help their relatives can report directly to Beaver Crossing but you MUST report directly to the Fire Station to receive an ID badge.
  • While the clean-up process is in full swing, many areas are still littered with debris. The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

  • Avoid damaged areas as your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of tornadoes.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster situations. They need to be kept clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes.
  • The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help disaster victims please contact the American Red Cross redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

    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.