Several community groups are teaming up to lend a helping hand to the community of Beaver Crossing, which was hit by an EF-3 tornado during Sunday's storms.
The American Red Cross is partnering with the Salvation Army, United Methodists, Nebraska VOAD and Veteran's Services to deliver clean-up supplies such as work gloves, comfort kits and water and snacks.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says right now the focus is on debris removal. An Emergency Volunteer Center will be open from 8 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 (19 years and older) willing to assist with general cleanup.
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)
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.
The Red Cross also has caseworkers available to meet with homeowners to develop recovery plans. Additionally, a multi-agency resource center has been set up at the Methodist Church in Beaver Crossing where residents can meet one-on-one with all of the partnering agencies.