Here is the latest information from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency as of June 22 on how to best volunteer or donate to northeast Nebraska after the June 16 tornadoes.
A call-in line will be in place to address all volunteer opportunities and donations in Pilger. The number is 402-833-1515 and will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Volunteers may arrive at Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High, 801 18th St., at 6:30 a.m. to register. Registration for the day will end at 3 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers will work in Pilger between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Volunteers must have a photo I.D. and will be bused in to Pilger and assigned to groups to perform debris removal. Volunteers must check-in each day at the Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High – volunteers from a previous day will NOT be allowed into Pilger without going to the school first. Volunteers who arrive directly in Pilger will NOT be allowed to enter the town.
WAYNE AND DIXON COUNTIES -
Persons who want to volunteer for tornado recovery in Wayne and Dixon County should report to the Wakefield Fire Hall, 405 Main St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until further notice. Suggested minimum age of volunteers is 19 years, or bring parental consent if younger. CEDAR COUNTY -
Cleanup efforts continue. Volunteer Reception Centers have been established in the communities of Coleridge and Laurel.
The Volunteer Reception Centers and hours are as follows:
Coleridge: Check in at the Coleridge Community Center 111 S. Main St., Coleridge. Crews plan to begin work at 8 a.m. and will work until late afternoon/early evening. The Volunteer Reception Center will remain open on Saturday through 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided to areas to clean up. Please bring gloves and buckets.
Laurel: Check in at the Laurel-Concord Public School, 502 Wakefield St. The United Way of the Midlands will take calls from people who wish to volunteer but are not available this weekend.
In addition, a hotline has been established to help match volunteers with those in need: To volunteer call 2-1-1 or 866-813-1731 if outside the area. If in need of volunteers call (402) 283-9111 with details of need and where volunteers are needed.
Volunteers MUST be 18 years old. Wear work clothes and gloves. Busses will run as needed to transport volunteers and eliminate parking and traffic at farmsteads.
Volunteers assisting in cleanup should check in at the Wakefield Fire Hall at 405 Main St. between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Wear work clothes, long pants, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Volunteers need to be at least 19 years old or bring parental consent.
Call the hotline if you have donations or if you are a homeowner in need of assistance. The number is (402) 287-2574. Volunteers who have equipment or who can offer specialized skills, such as chainsaw and heavy equipment operation, or with trucks and trailers to haul debris, are asked to call the hotline, as well. Monetary donations may be taken to the United Way Fund through the Wayne and Wakefield area banks.
From NEMA: The residents of the northeast Nebraska counties hit by the June 16 tornadoes are very grateful for all the items Nebraskans have donated to help them recover. To help with the recovery they, and the workers helping them, need these certain items and also do NOT need certain items as they have ample supplies until further notice:
ITEMS NEEDED: Sunscreen, Bug spray, Anti-itch (cream, lotions, sticks) for bug bites, Kleenex tissues, Paper towels, Disposable razors, Packing tape, Sports drinks, Telescopic magnetic pick up tools
ITEMS NOT NEEDED at this time: Water, Any clothing other than plus size women’s clothing
Bring donated items to the Wisner Auditorium, 1001 Avenue D. If anyone has questions, please call the Volunteer Help Center at 402-833-1515.
Monetary donations continue to be the best way to help citizens affected by the storm. Multiple funds have been established. Please contact NEMA with additional fund information to be added to future news releases.
Pilger financial donations can be made at any Midwest Bank branch, referencing the “Pilger Emergency Fund.” Checks may be mailed to:
Pilger Emergency Fund Midwest Bank, Norfolk Branch 2501 West Benjamin Ave. PO Box 886 Norfolk, NE 68702-0886
Donations for six rural Stanton families can be made at the Stanton State Bank, referencing the “Stanton Tornado Relief Fund.” Checks may be mailed to:
Stanton Tornado Relief Fund Stanton State Bank PO Box 437 Stanton, NE 68779
Pilger and Stanton survivors, financial donations can be made at the Stanton State Bank, referencing the “Pilger/Stanton Tornado Relief Fund.” may be mailed to:
Pilger/Stanton Tornado Relief Fund Stanton State Bank PO Box 437 Stanton, NE 68779
Laurel Tornado Relief can be made at Security Bank – Laurel, 202 E. Second St., Laurel, NE 68745 during regular business hours.
Coleridge Tornado Relief can be made at Security Bank – Coleridge, 101 W Broadway, Coleridge, NE 68727 during regular business hours.
Those who would like to help by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief can do so by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
A collection site for material donations (no clothes or shoes) has been set up at the Wisner Auditorium. This site will be open from June 22 to July 2. Items will be used by people directly affected by the storm.