How to Help
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Wayne, Neb. Wayne Update
Volunteers and people needing assistance should register at (402) 833-1800 or at the Community Activity Center, 901 W. Seventh St. in Wayne.
“Our most important message today is that all of volunteer efforts and needs are being handled at our community activities center,” said Jill Broderson, city council president.
“The hotline number is (402) 833-1800 and hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to volunteers who are available to help, landowners who need recovery help are urged to call the hotline to request assistance. Anyone with equipment or services to provide should also call.”
“The county intends to begin clean-up of the Logan Creek and surrounding areas as soon as it is deemed safe,” Miller said. “Wayne County and its employees are determined to rebuild and restore the county. They are putting all their effort and hard work in for the people they serve.”
Wayne County Emergency Manager Nic Kemnitz reports that private citizens can dump trees and vegetation at the Wayne City Airport.
“Please dump trees and vegetation near the tree pile only,” Kemnitz said. “Please contact individual garbage collectors for information on disposal of all other items.”
If anyone incurred damage because of the storm, contact the Wayne County Assessor’s Office at 402-375-1979 so all county damage can be mapped.
Following the Wayne tornado disaster, the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department is distributing a flier with safety precautions to those who are affected by the tornado and are helping with the cleanup.
The information is provided by The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) and is found at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/after.asp.
“The list includes the importance of communication between you and the public safety officials throughout the disaster and recovery period,” said Deb Scholten, NNPHD Health Director. “It also has precautions to take to prevent injuries from the debris, structural damage and utility hazards, such as electrocution, fire and fuel explosions.”
The health department says it’s important to use mosquito wipes with DEET to protect yourself from West Nile Virus while working outdoors.
“Don’t overlook the importance of washing your hands as often as possible and using gloves to lessen the chance of getting germs that cause infections,” said Scholten. “Tetanus booster shots are a must every 10 years. If you do get a break in your skin from a contaminated or ”dirty” piece of metal or glass, get a tetanus booster if it has been more than five years since your last booster. Stay safe and stay healthy.”
October 8, 10 a.m., Wayne City Auditorium, 220 Pearl St.
Meeting for employment services for those affected by the tornado.
Interpreters will be on site. For more information, contact the WAED Office at (402) 375-2240.
The Wayne office of the Department of Health and Human Services was damaged by the tornado. Staff have temporarily relocated to Norfolk. People doing business with the Wayne office can continue to call the Wayne office main telephone and fax numbers, which have been forwarded to Norfolk. The main telephone number is 402-375-5050 or 800-608-0712. The fax number is 402-375-7056.
Tom Perez, Thurston County Emergency Management Agency director, is working closely with the Omaha Tribe emergency managers on response to damage caused in Macy by an EF2 tornado Friday night. NEMA has been in contact and offered assistance to Perez to facilitate the response as needed.
“They really got going this weekend and got a lot done,” Perez said. “Most of those who lost their homes had family that helped out. They managed to salvage most of their possessions. My biggest concern is for the businesses that were lost.”
The American Red Cross closed the shelters in Wayne and Macy, Sunday evening. More than two-dozen Red Cross workers spent the day delivering meals and waters to those residents impacted by the storm, volunteers and first responders. In addition, well-trained Red Cross workers provided emotional support and minor first aid at both shelters in Macy and Wayne.
The Wayne Red Cross office will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. while the need in the community is great.
“Dozens of community volunteers stepped forward to help the 10 homeowners and 15 businesses begin the rebuilding process,” said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. “People who want to help the community of Wayne must call 211 to register. Only registered volunteers will be called to help as the need arises over the next week.”
How to Help
People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Residents who need immediate assistance should call the Central Plains Chapter toll free number: 1-888-382-3790.