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The American Red Cross Supporting Wayne Cleanup This Weekend

Wayne Volunteer

WAYNE, NEB., Friday, October 11, 2013– The American Red Cross is committed to assisting the communities of Wayne and Macy with food, clothing, comfort and care after the devastating EF4 tornado that damaged those communities one week ago tonight. Teams of well-trained Red Cross workers from communities across Nebraska and Iowa will leave the comforts of their homes to support the hundreds of volunteers that have registered to help the City of Wayne clean up debris this weekend. The Red Cross will be providing cots, blankets and comfort kits to those volunteers staying at the community shelter. In addition, two Red Cross emergency response vehicles that are regularly stationed in Omaha and Grand Island as well as skilled Red Cross workers, will be in the impacted areas to provide water and mental health resources for those who want them.

Since the tornado last week, trained Red Cross disaster mental health workers have provided more than 55 of contacts with community residents. These mental health volunteers are fanning out across Wayne to provide support and comfort to help those affected by the disaster cope with their resulting stress.

“Most people who are dealing with the aftermath of a disaster have normal reactions as they struggle with the disruption and loss caused by the event,” said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. “The good news is that many people have experience coping with stressful life events and are naturally resilient—meaning we’re designed to ‘bounce back’ from difficult times. We want people to know that the Red Cross has professionals available to help if you need some extra support during this difficult time.”

The Red Cross encourages residents to follow these tips to help take care of themselves and their loved ones:

  • Take care of safety first. Make sure you and your family have a safe place to stay and that health and medical needs are being met.
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
  • Get some rest. Giving your mind and body a break can boost your ability to cope with stress.
  • Stay connected with family and friends. Reach out when you need support and help others when they need it.
  • Be patient with yourself and with those around you.
  • Set priorities. Tackle tasks in small steps.
  • Gather information about disaster assistance and resources.
  • Stay positive. Remind yourself of how you’ve successfully gotten through difficult times in the past.
  • Children can also experience increased stress during a disaster and may respond by showing fear, sadness, anger, and physical or behavioral problems. In most cases these responses are temporary. To help children cope, caregivers should follow these tips:

  • Spend extra time with your children.
  • Give plenty of hugs. Personal contact is reassuring.
  • Calmly provide factual and age-appropriate information about the recent disaster and current plans to keep people safe. Give realistic reassurances.
  • Re-establish a schedule for work, school, play, meals and rest.
  • Recognize and praise responsible behavior.
  • Involve children by giving them specific chores to help them feel they are helping to restore family and community life.
  • Many people have experience coping with stressful life events and typically feel better after a few days. If they find that their stress does not go away as quickly as they would like and it influences their relationships with their family, friends and others, they can ask to talk with a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health professional by contacting the American Red Cross locally at (402) 375-5209. The American Red Cross Wayne office at 106 W. 3rd St., Wayne, as well as the resource center at the Armory will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

    A Tornado Relief Hotline has been established by the City of Wayne at (402) 833-1800, offering an easy way to register to volunteer or report a need for help in clean-up efforts.

    How to Help:

    People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling

    1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation*. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account.

    Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.