Nebraska Task Force One on Standby for Disaster Relief

By: Clay Kush Email
By: Clay Kush Email

Nebraska Task Force One Member, Pat Borer, got an early wake up call from FEMA Monday.

"When I went to bed. I had no idea that I would get a call at 12:15 a.m. and they would say, 'hey you need to come down here and pick a team,'" said Task Member Pat Borer.

That call was from FEMA letting Borer know he and his team of 80 people were on standby, possibly needed to assist with recovery efforts following the tornadoes which blew through Arkansas on Sunday.

"We had about 12 logistics people that came down to the warehouse between 1 and 2 in the morning and started loading trucks, identifying what kind of equipment we would need to take. They worked about 5:30 a.m. this morning," said Borer.

It's a skilled team made up of mostly Nebraskans, who were selected to be a part of this elite group.

"Engineers, Riggers, folks who can operate cranes, K-9's and the handlers," said Borer.

Ultimately a task force crew from Texas got the call to help Arkansas, but with more storms rolling through the south this week, Borer keeps an eye on the breaking news, knowing his team must be on the road within four hours of the phone call.

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