Organizers in Pilger Set Rules for Volunteering

By: Kim Cung - Email
By: Kim Cung - Email

The parking lot at Wisner-Pilger High School is packed with cars. More than 1,600 volunteers went through the doors to get registered to help clean up in Pilger. Volunteers are asked not to go directly to Pilger, but to come to the school and go through the registration process.

"Really it's a safety issue more than anything else. They have this very well set up and very well organized. They want to make sure that everyone is safe and stays safe. This is just absolutely a disaster area...it's very unsafe in areas and they just want to make sure everyone is properly informed as to waht they're getting into," said Chad Boyer, Spokesperson for Pilger Volunteer Effort.

When arriving in Wisner, volunteers will fill out forms, go through a safety training course, get badges and more before being bused out to Pilger.

"There ha've been over 750 people this morning coming through these doors, the Red Cross is here taking information. It takes some order and organization to know what skills people have and what they're able to work at best," said Lydia Brasch, the Senator of District 16.

The many people who have come to Pilger to help out aren't surprising organizers one bit.

"It's Nebraskans! We do things for each other, we're all neighbors. There were fire departments from Mead, Arlington, out of state and they're just showing up. It's amazing.. I wish I could say I'm surprised, I'm not. It's just Nebraska. It's just what people do... God bless them and we look forward to moving on," said Boyer.


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