PILGER, Neb. -- According to Susan Epps, disaster program manager for the Red Cross, volunteers may arrive at the Wisner-Pilger Jr./Sr. High (801 18th Street) on the west edge of Wisner at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Volunteers will be bused in to Pilger and separated into groups to perform debris removal. Volunteers must have a photo ID and are encouraged to wear sturdy work shoes, long pants, hats, work gloves, safety glasses and bring insect repellent and sunscreen (lunch will be provided).
Volunteers who arrive directly in Pilger will not be allowed to enter the town.
There is nowhere to hold donations of goods at this time. Financial donations can be made at any Midwest Bank branch, referencing the Pilger disaster.
The Wisner shelter (housed in the Wisner-Pilger Jr./Sr. High) will remain open until further notice.
Gov. Dave Heineman said, “I know how Nebraskans think. They want to help. The desire of so many Nebraskans to help their neighbors in this difficult time is greatly appreciated.”
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman ordered 20 Nebraska National Guardsmen to state active duty following Monday’s severe storms in northeastern Nebraska.
The Guardsmen, who are primarily from 189th Transportation Company based in Wayne and Norfolk, and five vehicles are being mobilized to support the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency as the agency works with local and county incident commanders and emergency management officials to determine the areas of greatest need. The Guardsmen will muster at the Wayne Army National Guard readiness center before deploying to locations as determined by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Additionally, three Nebraska Army National Guard aviators were called to state active duty to provide support to Governor Heineman who flew to Pilger, Neb., and the surrounding area to survey damage caused by Monday's storm.