WAYNE, NEB., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 –Dozens of well-trained American Red Cross workers remain on the scene in hard hit northeast Nebraska towns, like Pilger, to help those affected by Monday's tornadoes. The emergency shelter will remain open at Wisner-Pilger High School to help residents impacted by the storm by offering a safe place to stay, a meal, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on.
Wisner-Pilger High School
801 18th Street
"Overnight nearly a dozen individuals stayed in the Red Cross shelter," said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. "The Red Cross is receiving many calls from communities wanting to help. Right now, residents of Pilger need time to get back to their homes and process what has happened."
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.
How to Help Clean-up:
Nebraska Emergency Management is requesting volunteers who want to help residents of Pilger with clean-up efforts stay away today. Beginning at 8:00 Wednesday morning, volunteers are being asked to check in at the emergency operations center in Pilger. Beginning at 11:00 this morning, volunteers can help Wakefield residents. People must present a valid I.D. while checking in. Due to the amount of debris and the need to keep everyone safe, volunteers will be required to bring your own work gloves, wear long sleeves shirt, long pants and heavy work boots before being allowed to enter.
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.