With two dead, including a 5 year old, and 19 injured with towns partially or totally destroyed, the recovery effort involved in the Nebraska tornadoes disaster 2014 will be an awesome undertaking.
Two tornadoes touched down nearly simultaneously, so there’s no shortage of dads, moms and families in need of help.
Daddyhood compiled a list of organizations and what they’re doing in the event you want to contribute to their relief efforts. There is also a volunteer mobilizing effort if you want to pitch in by lending a hand.
The Nebraska tornadoes 2014: Here’s how to help
HELP THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HELP SURVIVORS
Dozens of trained American Red Cross workers are on scene in hard hit northeast Nebraska towns, like Pilger, to help those impacted by Monday’s tornadoes. An emergency shelter will remain open at Wisner-Pilger High School to help residents impacted by the storm.
Wisner-Pilger High School
801 18th Street
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 The Red Cross help families replace items that they lost, like clothing and critical medications.
Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
HELP CLEAN UP?
Nebraska Emergency Management is requesting volunteers who want to help residents of Pilger with clean-up efforts. Beginning at 8:00 Wednesday morning, volunteers are being asked to check in at the emergency operations center in Pilger. Volunteers 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 their own work gloves, wear long sleeves shirts, long pants and heavy work boots. Without all that you won’t be allowed to enter.
HELP THE SALVATION ARMY DO THEIR WORK
The Salvation Army personnel in the Western Division is also in Pilger.The Salvation Army has mobilized canteens (mobile kitchen units) from Lincoln and Norfolk, Neb. in the affected areas. Maj. James Pennington, Lincoln Corps Officer, is the Incident Commander in Pilger.
Relief efforts will continue in Pilger for as long as needed. In the short-term aftermath of the tornadoes, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders by providing food, hydration and shelter. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.
If you want to help, The Salvation Army asks that you visit GiveSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You may contribute $10 via your phone by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:
· A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing a broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supplies
· A $100 donation can provide snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day
People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at facebook.com/salarmyomaha and twitter.com/omahasalarmy.
PILGER RELIEF FUND
Donations can be mailed to:
Pilger Community Development Fund
c/o Midwest Bank
PO Box 346
Pilger, NE 68768
You can drop your monetary donations off at any Midwest Bank location.
Midwest Bank customers can conduct business at any Midwest Bank location.